At the Cannes Film Festival this year, the Palme d’Or (the top prize) went to leading Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda for this masterpiece of humanistic filmmaking. The family of Osamu (Lily Franky) and Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) is extremely loving, but also very unusual. Living “off the grid” in Tokyo, they subsist on scant employment, a grandmother’s pension and by petty thievery, in which Osamu is happy to coach the kids. Filled with emotional resonance (and narrative surprises), Kore-eda’s beautiful drama demonstrates that the family we make could be stronger than the one we’re given. In Japanese with English subtitles. Writer/Editor/Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda. (Japan 2018) 121 min.
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