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Said to be Ja­pan’s en­try as Best For­eign Lan­guage Film at this year’s Os­cars Sho­plifters comes your way. Cur­rently on screen at The In­ter­na­tional Vil­lage Cin­e­mas and select Cine­plex cites across B.C. This Mon­grel Me­dia re­lease clearly raises the bar on petty thefts.

All in the fam­ily char­ac­ter­izes the way a mother and fa­ther deal with life and ek­ing out an ex­is­tence. Raise your chil­dren well is what most par­ents hope for with ide­ally the kids fol­low­ing in Their el­der’s foot­steps. Only the fam­ily in This movie makes their liv­ing by steal­ing at lo­cal gro­cery stores and con­ve­nience shops. De­spite the un­seemly na­ture of how they live mom and pop do ac­tu­ally have a so­cial con­science as ex­em­pli­fied when they “res­cue” a child ap­par­ently in dis­tress. At the heart of this twohour movie are the in­ter­nally re­la­tion­ships be­tween the par­ents and their daugh­ter and son along with a dot­ing grand­mother and new ar­rival.

Good act­ing that is rather re­laxed sort of ob­scures the overly long length of this film. Fi­nally, things liven up near the film’s end when the long arm of the law makes an ap­pear­ance. Up un­til then some view­ers may have been left on auto pi­lot as things move along at a rather overly glacial pace. Made with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles.

Here the act­ing is uni­formly good, the sub­ject mat­ter in­ter­est­ing and the set­ting many will be able to re­late to. Sho­plifters also ben­e­fits from a sooth­ing score.

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