Sympathy for the monster

A scene from Monster by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Photo courtesy of CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Great filmmakers cling to their obsessions, fine-tuning them, polishing them, and returning to them over and over as if they were breathing the only air that keeps them alive. Hirokazu Kore-eda keeps telling the story of broken families and their casualties, especially children, often cast adrift and always looking for their rightful place in the world.

His 2018 Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters tells the story of a family of thieves, and his 2022 Broker is about a group of baby-stealers looking for redemption they don’t know they need.

In Monster, his seventh film to feature in Cannes Film Festival’s main competition this year, Kore-eda…

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