- Screening Dates: 8th August, 6 pm // 15th August, 8 pm
- Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka
- Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Running time: 121 mins
- Rating: M - sexual content
- Language: Japanese with English subtitles
The eponymous shoplifters are the Shibatas, a low-income, make-shift family of five struggling away in a tiny corner of Tokyo. Scrimping and saving, as well as stealing whenever necessary, this overcrowded household one day opens their door to an abused child wandering the neighbourhood. Wary of exposing their own living situation, they ignore the authorities and secretly adopt the little girl – to everyone’s greater happiness, but also peril.
“Profoundly moving… a haunting film about abandoned people, and the beautiful things that are lost and found between.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire