Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother’s pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her. However, the Tokyo police, aware that Yuri is missing, begin to search for her.
‘Shoplifters’ screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in the “In Competition” section and won the Palme d’Or award