A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sôsuke Ikematsu
A profoundly moving study of a happy (and poor) family, in Tokyo, that slowly unravels when they adopt – without proper procedure — a homeless girl who seems to have been abused. The title refers to the “family business,” but what use are good intentions if they include passing on bad habits to a child? If all this brings to mind The Kid, it may be no accident. Like Chaplin, Kore-eda moves blithely between humour and pathos, but he also presents the grown-up relationships with a devastatingly clinical eye – for instance, a sex scene that isn’t just about pleasure but also a reprieve in the midst of a grindingly tough existence. The ending breaks the heart and makes you think hard about the ties that bind us.
– BARADWAJ RANGAN, Film Companion