Angel of Mine, The Other Son) gets an anything-but-routine telling via Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest and maybe loveliest film, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Even when his subjects grow as bizarre (an inflatable plastic doll come to life) or heart-breaking (how an abandoned family of children try to care for each other), as in After-Life and Air Doll, it's this film-maker's consistent ability to give us such real and specific behavior, in the midst of whatever kind of life is going on, that always seals the deal. Hirokazu (shown below) is the real thing and there is no one quite like him working in film today. His new movie -- a tear-jerker that earns the workout it will give your lacrimal sac -- does not disappoint.
Masaharu Yukuhama, above) -- who would seem, on the face of the first couple of scenes, to have a somewhat idyllic life with his lovely wife andchild -- learns that his son is not his biological flesh-and-blood, after all.
Sundance Selects and running two hours, Like Father, Like Son opens this Friday, January 17, in New York City at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema. The following Friday, January 24, it will open at Laemmle's Royal and Playhouse 7. The film will also be available nationwide on Sundance Selects’ video-on-demand platform, available to over 50 million homes in all major markets.