On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family. A story of family love and perseverance in the margins of society, littered with wry humor and is refreshingly free of judgment.
Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, SHOPLIFTERS adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography. One of the most heartwarming and gratifying pieces of cinema from 2018.