Forty-two-year-old Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has just eight movies to his credit, but he's become an auteur on the most recent three, serving not only as director but also writer, editor, and producer. When you see a Kore-eda movie, you know the vision is entirely his, and in Nobody Knows, that vision is equally bleak and beautiful. This simply told tale of four Tokyo children abandoned by their flighty mother in a cramped Tokyo apartment will haunt you, and the frustration you'll feel by your inability to reach out and help these poor kids will drive you absolutely nuts.

Irresponsible Mom (You) scams her way into a no-young-kids-allowed apartment building by pretending that 12-year-old Akira (Yuuya Yagira) is her only child. Once inside, two other children, daughter Yuki (Momoko Shimizu) and son Shigeru (Heie Kimura) pop out of the suitcases in which they've been hiding. Another daughter, Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), sneaks in later.

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