On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. 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 the young son is arrested, exposing secrets that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.
Friday, May 10th 2019
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm
Discounted advance tickets are available oneline via Skiddle.
Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Year: 2018 (Japan)
Running time: 2 hours
And the critics say…
“This Palme d’Or-winning drama about a Japanese family of crooks who lift a lost little girl from the streets is a satisfying and devastating gem.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Koreeda Hirokazu won the Palme d’Or at Cannes with this nuanced and immersive drama about a makeshift family group, and rightly so – there is compassion in every frame.” Trevor Johnston, Sight and Sound
“It’s set in contemporary Tokyo but could easily be transplanted to Dickensian London, revolving around a surrogate clan who scrape an improvised life together on the margins. With its warm, beating heart and strong sense of social conscience, it feels all too timely.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“Every scene adds another onion-skinlike layer, adding density and mass so slowly that you hardly notice the emotional weight of it all until it is suddenly overwhelming..” Emily Yoshida, New York magazine