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From The Booth
Always alert to shoplifters (who haven't figured out that there is nowhere to fence stolen books), I was hesitant and leery of a film about petty thievery. But, like Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett and fellow jurors who awarded the Palme D'Or to Shoplifters, I was "completely bowled over" by the film's gentle humanism—-as reported by Peter Howell of the Toronto Star. A tightly-knit group of adults and children create an alternate form of family that shows us that the definition of "family" in the 21st Century is a fluid and constantly shifting idea. "A tender ensemble piece whose skillful performances dovetail into a perfectly symphonic whole, Shoplifters is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you're barely prepared when the full force of what it's doing suddenly knocks you sideways." — Justin Chang, LA Times. Highly Recommended. In Japanese with subtitles.