The Shoplifters – 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.
Q-tips say: Did enjoy it – has subtitles. Seemed to be going every which way – performance(s) is a grab bag of little quirks and maladies – but enjoyable. The praise I can give it is saying it never feels like a film. It looks and sounds like real life, with real people doing real things in the real world, an Japanese World.