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The film follows two brokers who sell orphaned infants, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, to affluent couples who can’t have children of their own. After an infant’s mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a road journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own.
Directed by Hurst Village Cinema favourite Hirokazu Kore-eda (After Life, My Little Sister, Shoplifters) it also features several of the actors from Parasite. As with many of his films, the central theme is family and what constitutes a family.
The success of the film lies in whether you think that Kore-eda can turn the theme of child-trafficking into a charming film and I very much think he has. It explores the toughest of themes, emotional and physical abandonment, with the gentlest touch. Also contains a pleasing nod to Magnolia, my favourite film of all time, in a scene with two female policeman who are chasing them across the country.