On Saturday, audiences at the Cannes Film Festival hailed “Like Father, Like Son” by Tokyo director Hirokazu Koreeda, a “moving” drama about two families they faced a baby-swap.
The movie tells the story of a father who works too much, Ryota, and his wife who is left behind and who invests her energy into their six-year-old boy Keita.
Their get totally confused when a phone call from the hospital where Keita was born announces them that a nurse switched the baby with another one after he was born.
The other couple struggles financially to raise three children. After finding out the news, both couples go through a test period with meetings and sleepovers to prepare to take permanent custody of their natural sons.
Ryota starts to reject Keita and to focus more on the other boy due to their biological connection.
“The main character is very proud, very arrogant,” the director said. “I wanted to show a contrast with the other father to trigger some upheaval in the values of the main character, who wants to be successful at any price,” said Koreeda, a frequent Cannes guest.
The film criticizes the merciless get-ahead mentality of All Japan news’s professional class, showing the way children suffer because of their parents’ ambition.
“Like Father, Like Son” is one of 20 films competing for Cannes’ Palme d’Or top prize. The award ceremony will be held on May 26.