Nobody Knows Synopsis
A woman abandons her children (Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura) in a tiny apartment.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Nobody Knows, by the often excellent Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, is one of those special movies that can give us a new way of...
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The film, winsome and tragic at once and finely attuned to the rhythms of childhood, always seems quite close to real life.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Yagira's performance is so extraordinary, it won him the best actor prize at the 2004 Cannes film festival.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Apart from a singer named You who plays Keiko, the members of the cast are non-professionals. You may find that hard to believe when you...
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Kore-eda presents the deeply moving story in a documentary style that is both gentle and compelling.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Nothing short of mesmerizing.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are moments in Yagira's performance that will break your heart.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Spare and elegant and harrowing, it's an ode to childhood trust being stretched until it snaps.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Excellent, troubling social commentary based on a true story.
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NOBODY KNOWS

By lugubriousthespian
Sad, heartbreaking little film from Japan based on an actual story of a unwed mother abandoning her 4 children in a very small, squalid apartment and leaving them to fend for themselves. Shocking...

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Rated PG-13 | For Mature Thematic Elements and Some Sexual References