Wow! Kore-eda gradually makes you care for the charming family at its center by balancing their harsh reality with the joyful moments of connection, and it all pays off in that whopper of an ending. The whole ensemble is great, with Sakura Ando the clear MVP.
It reminded me slightly of If Beale Street Could Talk, in its delicate balancing of tone and deep understanding of humans at odds with the larger society. I stan filmmakers that care!