Certificate 15


(2018) 120 mins

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cinematography: Ryûto Kondô
Production Design: Keiko Mitsumatsu
Music: Haruomi Hosono



On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting.  On one of their expeditions they encounter a small girl shivering on a balcony and take her home with them.  Burn marks on her arms suggest that she has been abused, and the household welcomes her warmly into their midst.  But the child has parents of her own, and when the police are called in to investigate things begin to unravel.  Is it love, or blood, that defines a family?

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

In Japanese with subtitles

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



While his pacing of proceedings and the shifts between emotional tones are as deft as the watchful camerawork and cosily cluttered interiors, it’s the brilliance of Koreeda’s writing that makes this film so engrossing and, ultimately, shattering, as he slips in small clues that eventually add up to an awful truth.”  Radio Times

It is a movie made up of delicate brushstrokes: details, moments, looks and smiles. Shoplifters is the story of a group of frightened, damaged people who have made common cause with each other, banded together under the convenience flag of family, under the radar of the law, making the best of things from day to day, until they realise they have been making the worst of things. A rich, satisfying and deeply intelligent film.”  The Guardian

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