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Nominated for the coveted Cannes Palme d’Or and (deservedly) winning the Ecumenical Jury prize, Kore-eda’s Broker is a skilfully crafted picture that warmly embodies the true spirit of empathy.
The film follows two brokers who sell orphaned infants, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, to affluent couples who can't have children of their own.
After an infant's mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own.
Quite how Kore-eda manages to make a film that combines road movie, crime caper and old school humanist observation is hard to describe, but it makes Broker a rare pleasure. Treat yourself.
In Korean – English subtitles.