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Cannes Takeover
4.2
2,590 Ratings

Nobody Knows

Daremo shiranai | 誰も知らない

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2004
Drama
  • Japanese
  • English
Cannes Takeover

Synopsis

Winner of the Best Actor prize at Cannes for its young star Yûya Yagira, a twelve-year-old boy named Akira must care for his three younger siblings when their irresponsible mother leaves them in their Tokyo apartment with very little money.

Our take

With Hirokazu Kore-eda taking home the top prize at Cannes last year, we thought it fitting to revive another of his prize-winning gems. A heartbreaking family drama, like Shoplifters it has the guts to expose a side of Japanese society little seen, yet crucially dramatizes it with great compassion.

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Confidently and maturely directed, Nobody Knows is a film of serene composition whose graceful and emotional narrative takes the pulse of a nation through the tragedy of one family.
November 04, 2005
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In capturing the details of the children’s world that are both quotidian and lyrically beautiful, Kore-eda’s combination of documentary and romantic visual modes (and the leisurely pace of his editing) creates a quietly expressive cityscape.
February 24, 2005
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Nobody Knows is not a film “about” abandonment so much as a poetic, intensely subjective and empathic portrait of what it feels like to be in this predicament.
February 10, 2005
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