Shoplifters ★★★★

St. Louis International Film Festival Screening #3 

Hey, look, Hirokozu Koreeda made his own ‘Shameless’.

First funny. Then sweet. Then heart-wrenchingly sad.

Ultimately, I prefer the gentler, less vinegary tone of his last three “family” films: ‘Like Father, Like Son’, ‘Our Little Sister’, and ‘After the Storm’. And I’m not sure the glut of “twist exposition” in the third act works all that well. Those quibbles aside, this is still a tremendous film.