Shoplifters (15)

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.

Shoplifters was high on many a critic’s Best Film list last year. Among the numerous awards for which it was nominated are a BAFTA, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award and it won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes. Its deeply affecting story of loneliness, belonging and the messiness of family has touched many hearts over the past year and we’re delighted to bring it to Llangollen.

Friday, May 10th 2019
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm

Tickets are available online via Skiddle, from Llangollen Oggie Shop and Fine Foods (formerly Baileys) in Castle Street or on the door on the evening.

Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Year: 2018 (Japan)
Certificate: 15
Running time: 2 hours

And the critics say…

“The final half-hour of “Shoplifters” is some of the most emotional, powerful filmmaking of the year, and it’s thanks to how delicately Kore-eda has drawn these characters over the 90 preceding minutes. They feel as three-dimensional as any this year, thanks to Kore-eda’s humanist storytelling but also his expert direction of a truly amazing cast.” Brian Tallerico,

“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