Fam­ily to steal one’s heart

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Film Reviews -

(M) fam­ily is a gen­uinely car­ing in­di­vid­ual. So­ci­ety would call them thieves and will per­se­cute them, but they’re lov­ing and kind and de­cent.

Once this sit­u­a­tion is es­tab­lished, and the viewer has be­come en­chanted by the un­usual fam­ily, ten­sion mounts as, clearly, this can’t go on for­ever. Per­haps the high­light is a day at the beach, a day in which every­one, Granny in­cluded, has a won­der­ful time. The af­ter­math is very af­fect­ing, but never in a con­trived or ma­nip­u­la­tive way. When push comes to shove, fam­ily mem­bers do the best they can to pro­tect one an­other and, when that doesn’t work, they ac­cept the real­ity of their sit­u­a­tion.

Kore-eda’s beau­ti­ful film (the orig­i­nal ti­tle lit­er­ally means Shoplift­ing Fam­ily) is both very Ja­panese and at the same time univer­sal in its ap­peal. Real-life bank rob­ber For­rest Tucker car­ried out scores of heists dur­ing a life­long ca­reer and was still at it in 1981, when he turned 76. He was con­victed and im­pris­oned many times, and he man­aged to es­cape from prison no fewer than 16 times. The story of this re­mark­able crim­i­nal was told by jour­nal­ist David Grann in an ar­ti­cle in The New Yorker, and now eclec­tic direc­tor David Low­ery ( Ain’t Them Bod­ies Saints, 2013;

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