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AMATA Staff Talk Japanese Film, No.7- Shoplifters

Tomocarl from the Sound Department again. Congratulations on winning the Palme d’Or award!
I’m always glad to see a Japanese film become internationally recognized!

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To sum up the film in a word, it’s about a pseudo-family.

It begins with the family, a group of people who make ends meet through shoplifting as they live in poverty under pensions and day labor, by ‘adopting’ a little girl named Yuri.

Yuri was an abused child, and so the family opted not to send her back home. Instead, they decide to become her new family.

The father of this family, Osamu, teaches Yuri the trade of shoplifting, in order to make it easier for her to be around them. To Osamu’s son Shota however, this proves to be quite emotionally difficult.

After 2 months, Yuri is shown on TV. The news presents her situation with this description:
“A little girl has gone missing, and yet the parents have not even submitted a missing persons request. It’s incomprehensible.”

It is here that the family makes a big decision. Namely, to give Yuri a new name, “Rin”, and vow to raise her as their daughter.

They were strong in their decision.  Even another daughter, Aki, who had been somewhat distant from Rin, also showed her affection. They had forged very strong bonds together.

However, Shota has a different thought. It is precisely because he comes to see Rin as a sister that he no longer wants to subject her to shoplifting.

Not long thereafter, the family runs into trouble due to shoplifting.

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The film gives each family member a chance in the spotlight, but I really think Shota is the star of the show here. After meeting Rin, Shota shows a variety of expressive emotions each time he’s on screen, all of which convey to the viewer his contemplation of the shoplifting family–and whether he should continue being a part of it.
The subtle movements of his lips in the last scene he’s in show the viewer that he decides the family was worth it, and really warms your heart.

But the last scene of the film as a whole, leaves one feeling very alone.
I hope that the feeling behind the mother’s words of “It was fun, just as much as getting change back.” and the story of Rin and the family will endure in the viewers’ hearts!

After reflecting on my first viewing, in which I was literally only watching for Matsuoka Mayu, on my second time through I watched it very earnestly.
This has been another piece from tomocarl. See you next time~! (*^-)/~



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