Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tragic and haunting, a beautifully heart-wrenching portrait of child abandonment.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Nobody Knows will chill you, further proof that the ability to procreate does not automatically qualify you to be a parent.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Profoundly sad, but it's made with such artistry that it's almost uplifting; you watch it mesmerized, immersed in the strange community the children create.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

What begins as a slow, determinedly realist account of the children's existence gradually weaves a spell via Kore-eda's gift for delicate emotional detail.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

At its heart, Nobody Knows is a sweet salute to the tenacity and courage of children who are blithely mistreated by adults who should know better and probably do.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A genuinely important film.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Those who can tolerate slower rhythms will appreciate Kore-eda's patient approach. And all will admire his handling of the children.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This gem from Hirokazu Kore-eda unfolds with the graceful simplicity of a real-life episode turned into a minimalist fable.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Kore-eda has an astonishing talent for making us feel the same emotional aches as the kids.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's rather slow and a bit overlong (139 minutes), it may not be for everyone, but for viewers with the patience, the rewards are many.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Sad.
John Ballantine
Wow! A story of abandonment. This answers the question of what would happen if four kids were left alone with a bit of pocket money and little else. Disturbing.
Luke Baldock
Absolutely essential viewing. Slow, subtle and sublime. Wonderfully shot and written the story unravels at a calm pace building up to a devastating climax.… More
Dannielle Albert
This was pretty much the most depressing movie I've ever seen in my life. It was very artistically photographed.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]Warning: do not go see "Nobody Knows" if you have Attention Deficit Disorder or have a short attention span. The… More
Daisy Maduro
"Nobody Knows" is painful to watch. It's a story you won't shake off, it's from the most defenseless of humans -- children, trapped in… More