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Movies in McConomy

This week, a small, Japanese film named Shoplifters will be screening in McConomy Auditorium.

The film follows a family of petty thieves who take in a little girl they find outside in the cold. This was one of the very best films to come out last year and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this year. Everything about this film is near perfection. The performances from everyone are stellar, with the child actors even delivering performances on the level of seasoned actors. The cinematography was gorgeous. The story itself is so deep and nuanced. Each character has a complicated profile and their relationships are all portrayed so honestly. It felt like I was following a real family, watching their relationships develop and be tested. And it was a treat to watch. The direction from Hirokazu Kore-eda, who is one of Japan’s best directors, is sublime and subtle, and every choice he makes is apt for the story he is telling. It’s a breathtakingly intimate film that sucks you into the world and never lets you go, with great commentary about the struggles of the lower class in Japan. I highly recommend this film to everyone. It’s an excellent small film that deserves all the viewers it can get.