The Japanese director of Nobody Knows and of Like father, like son once again films the family, here of a particular kind. Osamu and his son Shota practice shoplifting to feed the inhabitants of their home.
It serves a whole palm of gold. To look pretty on the fireplace. To launch the career of a beginning filmmaker (Steven Soderbergh with his first film, Sex, lying and video). To reward a woman (Jane Campion, the only director to win with La Leçon de piano in 1993). To please Belgian brothers twice so that they each have a trophy (the Dardenne). To honor twice an Austrian so that he takes the big head (the very funny Michael Haneke), or a Swede with a cheerful bad spirit (Ruben Ostlünd for The Square ). And the Palme d’Or awarded to Hirokazu Kore-eda, what is it for? This serves to broaden the audience of a filmmaker who already has a work and his fans but who deserves an even larger audience. The Palme d’Or has already produced its effect in Japan, where the film was released in June, following the Cannes Film Festival. Kore-eda has gone from confidential author to popular filmmaker. Hopefully it will be the same in France.
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You’ll find people to tell you that A Family Affair isn’t Kore-eda’s best movie. They will tell you that they prefer Nobody Knows, Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister Where After the storm. Others, or the same ones who won’t be afraid to contradict themselves, will say that Kore-eda is still making the same movie. Like Woody Allen or like Modiano writes the same novel each time. Kore-eda, at 56, signs withA family matter one of his most beautiful films, if not the most beautiful.
There are all the themes that are dear to him. The Japanese filmmaker once again films the family, here in a particular genre. Osamu and his son Shota practice shoplifting to feed the inhabitants of the house, the only old shack surrounded by modern buildings in Tokyo. Hatsue, the grandmother, receives a pension which all members benefit from. She is played by the formidable Kiki Kirin, Kore-eda’s favorite actress (Our little sister, After the storm) and the unforgettable old woman with leprosy from the Tokyo Delights by Naomi Kawase, who died last September. Hatsue makes believe that she lives alone but she actually shelters a couple, Osamu and Naboyo, a boy (Shota), a girl (Aki) and soon another little girl (Juri), abandoned by her parents on a balcony by a Frosty winter evening. It is not a kidnapping since there is no ransom demand.
Blood ties are not obligatory to give (oneself) love. The misfits share noodles and keep warm in Hatsue’s little house. As always at Kore-eda, food brings men together and children are more responsible than adults. Kore-eda’s usual little music? Under its air of an intimate chronicle, A Family Affair shows a society where social and economic violence is taking its toll. Osamu and Nobuyo are poor workers, he is a temporary worker on construction sites, she is a laundress fired because it costs too much. As for the last shot of the film, it tears the heart out.
A family matter Drama by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
with: Lily Franky, Ando Sakura, Mayu Matsuoka, Kiki Kirin
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The Palme d’Or A family affair, Kore-eda’s most beautiful film