Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku)

Shoplifters - The GBY

Shoplifters is one of those movies we don’t want to fall through the cracks.  It is a very charming Japanese film.  It won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.  Previous winners are The Square, I, Daniel Blake, Pulp Fiction and M*A*S*H.  We also saw this movie on Day 10 of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  It was screened in the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a wonderful facility that houses the administration offices of TIFF, five cinemas, entertainment space, two restaurants  and our favorite bar, Luma.

Shoplifters is about family.  How if your own family doesn’t work out you can make a family that works for you.  This family consists of a grandmother, father, mother, older sister and brother, and no one is an innocent bystander. They don’t have much but they live happily focusing on family and togetherness instead of what they don’t have. Their dodgy ways of making a living are very creative. A toddler is added to their family, reluctantly at first, then openly accepted.  Events lead to secrets and surprises that once uncovered must be dealt with, leaving no one unscathed.   This movie is not to be missed.

Our Rating for Shoplifters

4.5 Cupcakes Rating - The GBY

Official Trailer for Shoplifters

Official Synopsis for Shoplifters

A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behavior. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends’ habit and their motivations come under the microscope.


Cast Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Moemi Katayama
Director Hirokazu Koreeda
Screenwriter Hirokazu Koreeda
Cinematographer Ryûto Kondô
Editor Hirokazu Koreeda
 Production Companies Aoi Pro, Inc.
Run Time 121 minutes
Genre Crime, Drama
Premier 2018 Cannes Film Festival

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