Hirokazu Kore-ed’s (his masterpiece AFTER LIFE and last year’s THE THIRD MURDER) latest film won him the Palm d’Or at Cannes this year and is a real gem of a movie.
It tells the story of a poor family barely etching out a decent living in the outskirts of Tokyo. The family is comprised of a couple, a grandmother and 2 children. The film contains two twists – story turns (not revealed in this review) that occur after the son, Shota is injured while jumping off a highway overpass in order to escape being caught from shoplifting. This he does to save his little sister.
What is revealed is unexpected that teaches the audience what an ideal family should be. Kore-ed’s actors need not act – his camera does. From, close-ups, long shots, a character’s glance, the turn of a face, Kore-ed knows exactly how to capture a moment or create an effect. The result is a superior movie from a clear Master of a medium who is not only a great story-teller (telling a story with a clear timely message) but a superb filmmaker.