Family to steal one’s heart
(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;