Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018, Japan, 121 mins, Cert 18TBA
Sun 16 December // 18:00 *
Mon 17 December // 20:00
Tue 18 December // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession / * cheap night)
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heartrending glimpse into an often invisible segment of Japanese society: those struggling to stay afloat in the face of crushing poverty. On the the margins of Tokyo, a most unusual “family”—a collection of societal castoffs united by their shared outsiderhood and fierce loyalty to one another—survives by petty stealing and grifting. When they welcome into their fold a young girl who’s been abused by her parents, they risk exposing themselves to the authorities and upending their tenuous, below-the-radar existence. The director’s latest masterful, richly observed human drama makes the quietly radical case that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.