Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
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Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
Hirokazu Kore-eda, who wrote and directed the international success After Life, returns with this story about a family dealing with an unusual dilemma in an unusual manner. Keiko (You) is a single mother who moves with her 12-year-old son, Akira (Yuya Yagira), into a small flat in a large city; however, what the building management doesn't know is that Keiko also has three other children, all fathered by different men: ten-year-old Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), seven-year-old Shigeru (Hiei Kimura), and four-year-old Yuki (Momoko Shimizu). One day, Akira finds a note from his mother, saying that… 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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