Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's touching film follows the empty lives of 12-year-old Akira (Yûya Yagira) and his three Younger siblings (Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura and Momoko Shimizu) after their mother abandons them in a tiny Tokyo apartment. Pragmatic, determined and wise beyond his years, Akira manages the household as best he can -- but eventually the money runs out, and the children must find new ways to survive. Based on a true story.
Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Critics' Pick
Based on the true story of four children abandoned by their mother in a small Tokyo apartment, Hirokazu Kore-eda's fourth film is at once harrowing and tender, an urban horror story with overtones of fairy tale.
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Consensus: Tragic and haunting, a beautifully heart-wrenching portrait of child abandonment.