中の人の邦画放談⑦「万引き家族」

*English translation below

音響課のtomocarlです。祝・パルムドール!
邦画が世界に認められて、とても嬉しいでーす!

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この映画、ざっくりいうと疑似家族のお話です。

年金、それから日雇いなどの不安定な職業、そして万引きで生計を立てている疑似家族が、一人の幼女・ゆりを“拾う”ところから物語は始まります。

ゆりは虐待を受けていましたので、家に返すことも憚れました。疑似家族の面々は自分たちがゆりの居場所になってやろうとします。

疑似家族の父役・治は、ゆりがともに居やすいようにと万引き稼業を教えます。しかし万引きのパートナーである息子役・祥太は、そのことに心を痛めます。

2か月が過ぎたある日、テレビにゆりの姿が映ります。「行方不明の幼女がいるが、両親は捜索願を出してもいない。不可解だ。」との報道でした。

このとき疑似家族は大きな決断をします。ゆり、でなく、りんという名前をつけて、家族の娘として育てることを誓ったのです。

決意は強く、りんと少し距離をおいていた娘役・亜紀までもが愛情を注ぐほどに絆は深まっていきました。

しかし祥太は、妹と思えばこそ、りんには万引きをさせたくないと考えるようになります。

ほどなくして、疑似家族は「万引き」によってピンチを迎えるのでした。

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この映画は家族それぞれにスポットが当たるけれど、それでもやはり主役は祥太くんでしょうね。りんちゃんとの出会いをきっかけに、自らに万引き家族を続けることの是非を問いかけているーその表情が都度都度スクリーンに映し出されるので。
彼がラストシーンで見せる僅かな唇の動きを読むと、是の部分も残ったんだなあと分かり、そこはハートウォーミング!

でもラストカットは、さみしいのよ~。
母役・信代が「楽しかった、おつりがくるくらい」と言った想いが、どうかその後のりんちゃんと万引き家族の面々、そしてそして観客の皆様に力強く残りますように!

1度目に松岡茉優ちゃんばかり見てしまったことを反省し、2度目を超マジメに鑑賞したtomocarlでした。またね~!(*^-゚)/~

(tomocarl)

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~! (*^-)/~

(tomocarl)

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