A Japanese drama film directed, written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Lily Franky and Sakura Ando, it is about a non-biological family that relies on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty.
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…
- " A film that just grows and grows and grows. It seems very quiet, but you are absolutely hooked. " – Amy Nicholson
- " [Shoplifters] is a film edged by despair, and yet is life-affirming. Families may disintegrate, but love keeps us ticking over. " – Shubhra Gupta
- " This kind of subtle richness is not new for Kore-Eda, though it's as satisfying here as it's ever been. " – Emily Yoshida