Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 2018o


After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

The Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda has been a fixed star in the author's film firmament for more than twenty years. His films about fragile family ties combine sensitivity with supposed simplicity, in which narrative refinement and intricate moral questions open up. Shoplifters is a prime example of his subtle art and since Nobody Knows perhaps his most beautiful film ever. The tricks and conflicts of a wily family pass in review twice: once we see them with our own eyes, then again with the eyes of the judiciary and the public. The human correctness is shown in the legally wrong life as well as the wrong in the legally correct one. Humour and profundity permeate each other as naturally as in the great films of Italian neorealism, which were the inspiration here. Irresistible.

Andreas Furler

Ein wunderbarer (und politischer) Film über die Schönheit selbst gewählter Bindungen ohne Blutsbande, die noch bis in ihre unvermeidliche Auflösung hineinragt.

Philipp Stadelmaier

Immer siehts aus und scheints in dieser Erzählung, als sei etwas – bevor es dann ganz anders ist. Das aber macht den Zauber und das Geheimnis von Kore-edas Film aus. Sozusagen: die fein gesponnene realistische Poesie. Palme d’Or in Cannes.

Christoph Schneider

A mesure que Kore-eda détricote les apparences qu’il nous a d’abord fait admettre et aimer, c’est l’aspect le plus douloureux, le plus poignant de son cinéma qui gagne la surface, achevant de faire de cette œuvre bouleversante l’un de ses meilleurs films.

Cécile Mury

Malgré la banalité de son titre français, le nouveau film de Kore-eda n’est pas qu’une énième histoire de famille. C’est l’occasion pour lui de creuser un terreau sociétal auquel il s’était peu frotté, et de le faire avec la finesse qu’on lui connaît. Un coup de cœur.

Julien Dugois


The Guardian, 5/13/2018
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vulture.com, 11/21/2018
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Tages-Anzeiger, 12/12/2018
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Le Temps, 12/11/2018
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Première, 12/10/2018
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Le Monde, 5/13/2018
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Hirokazu Kore-Eda : interview
fr / 5/14/2018 / 4‘50‘‘

Interview with director and cast
/ Cannes Film Festival
fr en / 5/13/2018 / 11‘58‘‘

Hirokazu Kore-eda's Father Figures
/ Fandor
en / 11/28/2018 / 4‘19‘‘

Video review
David Stratton / Cinema Nova
en / 11/13/2018 / 2‘35‘‘

Video Essay: The World According to Koreeda
/ kagonada
en / 3/17/2013 / 9‘02‘‘

Kore-eda en fait son affaire
From Augustin Trapenard / France Inter - Boomerang
fr / 30‘23‘‘

Movie Datao

Original title
Manbiki kazoku
Other titles
Shoplifters - Familienbande DE
Une affaire de famille FR
Drama, Crime/Thriller
Running time
121 Min.
Original language
Important Awards
Cannes 2018: Golden Palm
ØYour rating8.0/10
IMDB user:
8.0 (38483)
< 10 votes
< 3 votes q

Cast & Crewo

Lily FrankyOsamu Shibata
Sakura AndoNobuyo Shibata
Mayu MatsuokaAki Shibata


Hirokazu Kore-Eda : interview
OCS, fr , 4‘50‘‘
Interview with director and cast
Cannes Film Festival, fr , 11‘58‘‘
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Father Figures
Fandor, en , 4‘19‘‘
Video review
Cinema Nova, en , 2‘35‘‘
Video Essay: The World According to Koreeda
kagonada, en , 9‘02‘‘
Review The Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Interview with Hirokazu Kore-eda
vulture.com / Charles Bramesco
Review Süddeutsche Zeitung
Philipp Stadelmaier
Review Tages-Anzeiger
Christoph Schneider
Review Le Temps
Stéphane Gobbo
Review Première
Guillaume Bonnet
Review Le Monde
Jacques Mandelbaum
Kore-eda en fait son affaire
France Inter - Boomerang / fr / 30‘23‘‘
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