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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Masaharu Fukuyama
Machiko Ono.
Directors
Hirokazu Koreeda.
Screenwriters
Hirokazu Koreeda.
Running Time
120 minutes

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Like Father, Like Son
A family affair


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Plot
Six years after their sons were born, two couples are informed by the hospital that a mix-up had resulted in them taking the wrong child home. The resulting exchange has ramifications both profound and surprising.


Review
Like Father, Like Son

Two families — one uptight and wealthy, the other garrulous and skint — discover their six year-old sons were switched at birth. They reluctantly agree to an exchange, unprepared for the emotional aftershocks... While this ‘baby swap’ drama gently raises issues of nature-versus-nurture, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Cannes-winner is primarily a portrait of fatherhood, filtered through Masaharu Fukuyama’s aloof architect, loathe to hand his groomed offspring to an ‘inferior’ family. It’s typical Koreeda: austere visuals, Zen pacing, 20 minutes too long, and a shrewd, humane eye that finds emotion in the everyday: a chewed drinking straw, a broken toy. Utterly captivating.


Verdict
Another quiet delight from Koreeda.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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