March - SHOPLIFTERS - Connaught Cinema, Tuesday 5th
March's film from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Tickets: free to members / £7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students
Connaught Cinema on Tuesday 5th March
WFC are extremely pleased to be screening this gem of a film. Winner of the 2018’s Palme d’Or at Cannes and nominated in 2019 for an Oscar and BAFTA in the Best Foreign Language Film categories, Shoplifters is the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda at his most delicate and devastating best.
Described as ‘Dickens for a modern age’ Shoplifters tells the tale of a family living at the edges of destitution and having to operate and survive on the margins of Japanese society. Centring on a three generational family, living in a rundown part of Tokyo rarely seen on the screen, this ragtag bunch get by with marginal jobs, claiming pensions of dead partners and supplementing their meagre wages by shoplifting. One night while returning from a shoplifting session, father and son encounter a small girl on her own, and they decide to take her home to become part of their family. However this act will come at a devastating price.
Kore-eda has long been preoccupied with the various forces that do — or do not — hold a family together. Like the best of the director’s work (Still Walking, I Wish, Like Father Like Son) Shoplifters is all about the subtle complexities, strengths and frailties of the family unit, but here he is taking it one step further by questioning the very notion of what constitutes a family and the parameters of the term. Filled with subtle nuanced details, moments, looks and smiles, Leigh Singer writing for the BFI astutely notes that Kore-eda’s ‘films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace and muted in overt sentiment, but rich in quotidian detail and imbued with unexpectedly deep emotional resonance. They are mellow drama, not melodrama…’.
Kore-eda has the ability to quietly and discreetly breaks one’s heart without ever seeming to yank on heartstrings, which makes Shoplifters all the more haunting and affecting. It’s a film that asks its audience to reflect on where they belong, and on what belongs to them. Prepare to have your heart stolen and broken. We at WFC just cannot recommend this little beauty highly enough.
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'Shoplifters lucidly vivisects the loneliness of not belonging to anyone, and the messiness of sticking together. “Shoplifters” is a masterpiece.' David Ehrlich Indiewire
‘Shoplifters is a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist-reveal worthy of psychological suspense noir…. A rich, satisfying and deeply intelligent film.’ Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door. For more details on membership, see here