A Family Affair: Kore-eda Hirokazu’s film Shoplifter

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Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ

 Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ / Culture / Published Date:29 November 2018/Last Updated Date:9 July 2020

With a discreet eye and bristling sensitivity, Japanese film director Kore-eda Hirokazu examines a group of people (a family?) living on the margins of a crowded city. What does living on the margins mean? It means having no roots, surviving by chance, clinging to the fragility of others for fear of succumbing to your own. The film Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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