Shoplifters – February Movie at Walton & Weybridge Film Society

Shoplifters - Japanese Movie at Walton and Weybridge Film Society

Wed February 19th 2020: 8pm

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan, 2018, 121 mins, Japanese language, subtitles, colour.
Leading players: Lily Franky (Osamu); Jyo Kairi (Shota): Sasaki Miyu (Rin)

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Palme d’Or winner at Cannes; an absorbing tale of ‘make do’ measures taken by a hard-up family in modern Japan.

Film Synopsis

we have previously shown ‘I Wish’ and ‘Our Little Sister’ by the same director. A family-oriented film on the surface, but, as the story unfolds, not everything is as it seems.

Although the parents are in employment, but poorly paid, the family members resort to shoplifting for groceries and other necessities they could not otherwise afford.

Their numbers are swelled when they take in little Rin, who is being neglected, and who is soon joining in the thievery.

The stigma attached to breaking the law is stronger in Japan than in the west, as is shown when the father is caught after a chase by a shopkeeper and is landed in hospital.

Investigation by the authorities results in disclosure of the true history of the ‘family’. KW

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Film Notes

The director was inspired to make the film after hearing about families illegally continuing to draw pensions of their long-dead parents.

Shoplifters Film Review

“Kore-eda’s audacious latest steals the heart

This Palme d’Or-winning drama about a Japanese family of crooks who lift a lost little girl from the streets is a satisfying and devastating gem”


5 out of 5 stars, The Guardian

About Our Film Society

We meet at roughly three-weekly intervals on Wednesday evenings, commencing at 8pm at The Amanda Smith Theatre, St George’s College, Addlestone to watch well regarded (mostly recent) films that have probably not been shown in our local cinemas.

Refreshments are provided without charge in a side room after each show and film club members are invited to discuss their reactions to the movie with the Committee and other members.

If you live in Walton or Weybridge or close to this area (for example Hersham, Shepperton, Cobham, Esher), why not join us?
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Movie Programme for 2019-20

Sept 4th 2019 – The Favourite
Sept 18th 2019 – Phantom Thread
Oct 9th 2019 – Cold War
Oct 23th 2019 – Green Book
Nov 13th 2019 – Lady Bird
Jan 8th 2020 – Woman at War
Feb 19th 2020 – Shoplifters *
Mar 4th 2020 – Roma *
April 1st 2020 – Happy as Lazzaro
April 15th 2020 – La Vagabonde
May 6th 2020 – Jeune Femme
May 27th 2020 – Capernaum

* The dates for the films Shoplifters and Roma have been switched, from the dates published in the original programme

Programme of Movies at Walton and Weybridge Film Society

Early Membership Discount

There is a discount for members who join and pay by a certain date at the start of a season.

February 2020 Movie – Shoplifters
At The Amanda Smith Theatre,
St George’s College

Event Times & Venue

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020
Start Time: 8pm.

Address: The Amanda Smith Theatre,
St George’s College,
Weybridge Road,
Surrey KT15 2QS

Directions, Access & Parking: St George’s College is easy to locate.
Leave Weybridge at the St James’s Church roundabout, into Balfour Road over the Portmore Park Road roundabout and follow the road towards Addlestone, take the third exit at the Addlestone roundabout into the college.
The barrier will open, follow the road and electronic sign. There will be one more barrier and parking will be ahead on the right.

Sat Nav Postcode: KT15 2QS

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Contact Walton and Weybridge Film Society

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