Modern Languages & Linguistics Film Series - Film 2: Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku万引き家族)

Confined to Poverty (October 1 - 22)

Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku万引き家族) (Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018) 

A non-biological family in a Japanese suburb relies on shoplifting to make ends meet. One freezing evening, day-labourer Osamu and young Shota find their 5-year-old neighbour, Yuri, abandoned outside her home. The family takes Yuri in, and when they find signs of abuse, they decide to keep her. The lines between theft and survival, kidnapping and rescue, are increasingly blurred when Yuri is reported missing by a social worker. (Rated “R” for some sexuality) (In Japanese with English subtitles) Watch the film

Zoom Discussion Meeting: Thursday, October 22 @ 6 p.m.

How to participate:

  1. Watch the film between the dates indicated, on your own time, on the University of Lethbridge Library’s Criterion On Demand streaming services (follow the link and sign in).
  2. Before the “Discussion Meeting” date, send an e-mail to saying you will attend the meeting (you will be sent a Zoom invitation).
  3. Join the “Discussion Meeting” via Zoom: learn more about the film, share thoughts, and register for any participation mark being offered through a U of L course.
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