The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS

In di­rec­tor Hirokazu Kore-eda fo­cuses on a fam­ily liv­ing a pre­car­i­ous ex­is­tence on the fringes of so­ci­ety. The head of this un­con­ven­tional fam­ily is Osamu (Lily Franky), who is oc­ca­sion­ally em­ployed as a con­struc­tion worker. He lives with wife Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) and his el­derly mother (Kiki Kilin), his teenage daugh­ter, Aki (Mayu Mat­suoka), and what ap­pears to be his son, Shota (Jyo Kairi) — though it grad­u­ally be­comes clear that Shota is not re­ally his son. In the open­ing se­quence, Osamu and Shota are shop­ping in a su­per­mar­ket. As they make sig­nals to one an­other we re­alise they’re steal­ing as much as they’re buy­ing, and that this is how they live, as they’d never be able to af­ford what lit­tle they have. Kore-eda’s beau­ti­ful film is both very Ja­panese and uni­ver­sal in its ap­peal.

Eric Idle (above), of Bri­tish com­edy group Monty Python fame, dis­cusses his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Al­ways Look on the Bright Side of Life, with ra­dio host Richard Fi­dler. Sey­mour Cen­tre, York The­atre, cor­ner of Cleve­land Street and City Road, Chip­pen­dale. Tues­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $25-$30. In­quiries: (02) 9351 7940 or on­line. The Hap­pi­est Refugee Live Aus­tralian co­me­dian and artist Anh Do brings his best­selling book, The Hap­pi­est Refugee, to the stage in an adap­ta­tion that delves deep into the joys and sor­rows of his life. The re­sult is

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