Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
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Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
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 leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Nobody Knows will chill you, further proof that the ability to procreate does not automatically qualify you to be a parent."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Rarely has a kid's-eye view of the adult world been captured with such innocence and insight."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Despite the downbeat premise, the director focuses on his characters' momentary pleasures."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A genuinely important film."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Those who can tolerate slower rhythms will appreciate Kore-eda's patient approach. And all will admire his handling of the children."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Makes you weep for humanity's lack of humanity, but in doing so it reveals your own humanity in the concerns that honestly surface from within you as you watch."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Photographed in static shots that never cast judgement, the child actors have a naturalism that makes familiarity emotionally charged."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"This gem from Hirokazu Kore-eda unfolds with the graceful simplicity of a real-life episode turned into a minimalist fable."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Kore-eda has an astonishing talent for making us feel the same emotional aches as the kids."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"While this could be the stuff of tabloid fodder at the one extreme or family fare uplift at the other, it is actually an observational meditation on childhood lost with universal applications."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Hirokazu dwells on the resiliency of children, a theme that also resonated in Small Change and which gives the film a lightness not inherent in the subject matter."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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