Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
HOME, 10 January 2019
This is very moving Japanese film about the need for and importance of family.
It is about a makeshift family of outsiders and petty criminals. When the father sees a stray girl on the street, he takes her home. There they find scars on her arms and decide it is safer not to return her back to her own family.
What is remarkable about the film is that it takes children’s emotions seriously; certainly on a par with that of adults’. There is an understanding that modern Japan, and perhaps modern societies generally are hostile to children, their very structure working to undermine children’s health, happiness and well-being.
Since so many adults are trivial and unserious, immersed in modern technology, congenitally narcissistic and subject to gratuitous rages, it sometimes falls to children to look out for and care for other children. As happens here.