“Good Stars”, the abandoned children of Hirokazu Kuri Ida

lucky stars ***

by Hirozaku Kore-eda

South korean movie 2:09

Official selection – competition

There are plenty of them, the lucky stars, leaning on Woo Sung’s cradle throughout the new film by Japanese director Hirozaku Kuri Ida, whose heroine is an infant. Things started off badly for the baby. One rainy night in Busan, his mother abandoned him in front of one of the “baby boxes” set up in front of the church. Inside, he notes his first name and promises to return to him one day. However, the man who illegally retrieves it, with the help of a partner, has nothing to do with a priest. A highly indebted fashion designer, a children’s merchant in his spare time, intends to sell it for hard money.

Everyone has their reasons for acting.

What he doesn’t know is that his little movement is being monitored by two policewomen. And when the mother appears again, demanding half the money for her silence, it is all these little people who will leave on the road. Some are looking for an adoptive family willing to pay money against a child, others are looking for a flagrant crime that will allow the arrest of human traffickers. But the rare pearl is hard to find because the mother has demands and the criminals are more sensitive to her arguments than she appears.

As is often the case in Kore-eda films, the characters are not what they seem. Everyone has their own personal reasons for acting that this sensitive and moving wilderness journey will be interested in revealing to us. Over the course of the journey, to which a mischievous orphan set off as a stowaway is added, bonds are woven between them giving them the appearance of family.

Four years after the Palme d’Or, the director once again delves into the mysteries of genealogy in this very beautiful film presented in competition yesterday. Chose photographed in South Korea, where the phenomenon baby box More developed than anywhere else. Giving him the chance to work with great actor Song Kang-ho parasite Bong Joon Ho, as fashion designer and merchant. A scene change that, despite the similarity in subject matter, gives the film a slightly different tone than that of family matter. Less whimsical and lively than its predecessor, however, it draws its strength from its ability to stabilize each of its characters over time and explore the complexity of their feelings.

Kore-eda let the emotion gradually settle down

Desertion occupies a central place. Feeling Dong-soo, the stylist’s partner himself, abandoned him at birth and refused to adopt in hopes of finding his mother. That’s from So-young and the guilt she must bear when she faces the need to entrust her son to others. Finally, Hye Jin, the touching little boy who wonders if, after all, he was right to come into the world. In a scenario with drawers, where each incident brings an extra layer of understanding things, the Japanese filmmaker is not equal in mixing genres, passing in the blink of an eye from comedy to drama, allowing emotion to gradually install. This adorable scene culminates in a hotel room, where everyone thanks each other for being born, before leaving for their own destiny.

“JI wanted the film to be able to clearly indicate that every birth counts, and that every life has its place. meaning, lucky stars It is a movie about “life”, Director explained. We should see nothing moral in his remarks, but this intense concern for the wounds of childhood and his belief in the capacity of man to meet the other and bind ties other than those of blood. In this sense, the film exudes an incredible gentleness, amplified by the sobriety of the stage and the beauty of the landscapes of the Korean coast, contrasted with the harshness of situations. And Corida, far from repeating himself, proves that he has not lost his touch.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda, in the race for the second Palme d’Or

Born on June 6, 1962, the Japanese director is present in Cannes for the eighth time.

Six of his films were selected in competition and two in the “United Nations” section.

2001. First pick with distance

2004. no one knows. Best Actor Award for Yuya Yagira

2009. air doll (a certain look)

2013. his father’s son. Ecumenical Jury Prize – Special Note

2015. little sister

2016. After the storm (a certain look)

2018. family matter. Golden Palm

2022. lucky stars It is his fifteenth feature film

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