On the verge of the end of the 71st edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, in Polpettas Mag we have been struck by a story in where the fine line between the moral and the immoral is difficult to define. The Japanese movie-maker Hirokazu Koreeda reaffirms himself as one of the most regular directors of the French festival, competing this year for the Palme d’Or with the sweet drama Shoplifters.
The film shows how a humble Japanese family turns their small thefts in supermarkets into their only way of survival. The casual encounter and embrace of a little abandoned girl in the family derives in a movie that teaches you lessons of cohabitation, love within the family and uncertainty about the limits of ethics. The particular style of Koreeda allows the viewer to face the dilemma of what is right and what is wrong, despite the disturbing lightness that characterizes the whole movie.
After the success of the Japanese director with the film Nobody knows, a film that made Yûya Yagira win the best actor award in 2004, in this edition of the Cannes Film Festival Shoplifters aspires to achieve the Palme d’Or to the best movie. However, it has some tough competitors, the Italian film Lazzaro Felice by Alice Rohrwacher and Everybody knows by Asghar Farhadi stand out as favorites.
Hirokazu Koreeda has competed on five occasions at the French festival, but this year he takes a risk with this emotive drama, which so far has only received excellent critics. It returns to life some transcendental questions, the value of the family or the importance of blood ties are some of the themes that are questioned throughout the film, and that could be considered as some of the issues that most obsess the Japanese director.