At long last, the winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or - Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazuko) - will be making its Houston debut.
Through six (6) screenings from January 31 through February 7, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will be presenting director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s compassionate and complicated story of a Japanese family that subsidizes its working-class existence with petty thefts.
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant, Osamu’s wife agrees to help after learning of the hardships the girl has faced. Although the family makes barely enough money to survive, they stay happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets.
Shoplifters—which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film—has garnered nearly unanimous rave reviews.
“Steals in and snatches your heart.” —The Telegraph
“A work of such emotional delicacy, you’re barely prepared when it knocks you sideways.” —Los Angeles Times
“A masterpiece.” —Wall Street Journal
“My favorite movie of the year so far.” —filmmaker Ava Duvernay
Director - Hirokazu Kore-eda
Released - 2018
Country - Japan
Language - Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time - 120 minutes
Website - https://www.shopliftersfilm.com/
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