Like Father, Like Son: New York Film Festival 2013

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New York Film Festival 2013: Like Father, Like Son

New York Film Festival 2013: Like Father, Like Son


In a domestic crisis that’s hard to fathom, two Japanese families of different economic circumstances learn that their six-year-old boys were switched at birth. Mortified, the hospital advises a swap before it’s too late, but that moment has long passed: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s nuanced heartbreaker resourcefully makes drama out of marital recriminations, absentee parenting and the prickly question of nature versus nurture. In the director’s sympathetic style, no one is strictly a villain: A nurse offers a shocking revelation, but it’s not as harsh as some of the dialogue that flies between torn parents, vying for the custodial high ground. The way forward for both clans involves a mutual concern extending beyond blood, making this the social-issues film of the season. Click for showtimes.—Joshua Rothkopf

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