Like Father Like Son

like-father-like-son-posterWhat makes a father? Filiation through blood or just the time spent with a son? This is the question that director Eda Hirokazu Kore tries to answer since the birth of his child.

In Like Father Like Son, a wealthy family learns that the child they have been raising for 6 years isn’t theirs, 2 babies having been swapped at birth by a malevolent nurse. They then decide to meet the other – more modest – family to get their respective kid back.

With social commentary as a backdrop, the film portrays two very different families that however share the values when it comes to unconditional parental love. Without Manichaeism, Kore Eda watches with tenderness his characters: fathers, mothers and children and most particularly their weaknesses, doubts and fragility, but also those moments of sharing and complicity. The Japanese filmmaker has a natural talent when it comes to filming families and the ties that unite them. Parents might have different ways to raise their children but in the end, they always have something in common. For example, one father communicate his love to his kid with piano and photography, the other one uses games and baths as a vehicle for his feelings. One dad likes to repair things while the other one just buy new stuff, but both always try to be present for their son

The film could easily fall into easy sentimentality but the director knows how to balance his work by injecting humor and tears without ever being judgmental. Like Father Like Son doesn’t try to find out which family raises its son the best but rather simply aims at being a celebration of love. The other strength of the film is that it gives equal importance to all its characters, whether they are mothers, fathers or children.

Focusing mainly on of one of the fathers, an ambitious and busy architect who wants his son to be successful like him, Kore Eda constantly compares his characters with each other, whether it’s a dad vs. a grandfather, a dad vs. another dad or a son vs. a father; all kinds of emotions abound, good or bad, but the director never goes overboard, emphasizing positive elements that make families happy and help them overcome obstacles. With this minimalist story about two families, Eda Hirokazu Kore has created a simple but beautiful work.

Director: Eda Hirokazu Kore – Actors: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki, Lily Franky – Running Time: 2:00 – Year: 2013 – Country: Japan

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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