Entertainment Correspondent Yip Wai Yee and Film Correspondent John Lui recommend

Film picks: Critically acclaimed titles Shoplifters, Roma and Carol

Shoplifters (m18).
Shoplifters (m18).PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
Roma (pg13).
Roma (pg13).PHOTO: NETFLIX
Carol (2015), starring Cate Blanchett (right) and Rooney Mara (left).
Carol (2015), starring Cate Blanchett (right) and Rooney Mara (left).PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

SHOPLIFTERS (M18)

If you missed Hirokazu Kore-eda's critically acclaimed drama Shoplifters in cinemas earlier this year, you can catch it at The Projector tomorrow.

The film, which has made the Oscars' shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, is about an impoverished family who shoplift, run petty scams and cheat bureaucrats to get by. Their lives are changed when they take in an abused child.

The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

It is also one of the last films to feature veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki before she died of cancer in September.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $13.50 from theprojector.sg

Yip Wai Yee


ROMA (PG13)

135 minutes/Netflix

5 Stars

In this semi-autobiographical film, taking place over 1970 and 1971, writer-director Alfonso Cuaron portrays the ups and downs of a middle-class family in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood in Mexico City, which gives the film its name.

Small in scale, but enormous in its emotional impact, this drama is a masterclass in how everyday events, shot in a natural, unforced way, can make for gripping cinema.

In his last feature, Cuaron handled the planet-sized science-fiction hit Gravity (2014), but here he shrinks the aperture to cover one nondescript city home, the place he knew as a boy.

Funny, tender and heartbreaking, Cuaron's portrait of his childhood is a powerfully affecting memoir of a childhood idyll just before it shatters.

John Lui


CAROL (R21)

Here is a less obvious holiday movie option to catch on Christmas Day - Carol (2015), starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It is the love story between a younger salesgirl and an older and richer housewife in 1950s New York.

The film, which was aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed romance film of 2015, was nominated for six Oscars, including for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for the two leads.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tuesday, 4.50pm ADMISSION: $13.50 from theprojector.sg

Yip Wai Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe