VIFF 2013 review: Like Father, Like Son

(Japan)

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      While Koreeda Hirokazu's Nobody Knows chronicled the impact of an irresponsible parent on children, his latest offering, Like Father, Like Son, delves into the inverse: two caring Japanese couples struggle with the emotional fallout from the discovery that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth. Koreeda demonstrates his characteristic light touch, this time with generous doses of levity, in a poignant study of class and personality differences between the two families. While the underlying social critique is clichéd, the film ranks as one of Koreeda's more accessible domestic dramas.

      Centre for Performing Arts, October 8 (6:30 p.m.)

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