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Nobody Knows(誰も知らない)

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Japan · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 2h 21m
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring Yuya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu
Genre Drama

Twelve-year-old Akira lives with his three siblings in a small Tokyo apartment, having never spent a day in school. When their mother leaves to move in with her lover, showing no sign of returning, Akira must take care of his siblings as they struggle to survive with little money or food.

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Chicago Reader by

Yuya Yagira, winner of the best actor award at Cannes this year, is superb as the protective eldest child; he and his other nonprofessional costars are quietly heartbreaking.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

I certainly came out of Nobody Knows feeling numb; only later, reflecting on the fact that the movie was inspired by a true story, did it occur to me that the numbness could have been deliberate, and that what suffused this picture was a mist of anger.


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Not for the faint of heart, though it has no scenes of overt violence, and barely a tear is shed. It is also strangely thrilling, not only because of the quiet assurance of Mr. Kore-eda's direction, but also because of his alert, humane sense of sympathy.


Variety by Derek Elley

Kore-eda sketches the inner, spiritual and emotional lives of the children with subtlety and sensitivity, delivering the goods after a seemingly directionless first half.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Loosely structured around four seasons, Nobody Knows unfolds in a long series of episodes that slowly progress from lightly comic to bracingly sad as the situation deteriorates.

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