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Like Father, Like Son

(Japanese with English subtitles): A very thought-provoking movie about two couples who find out that their children, who are now 7 years old, were switched at birth. The two families represent different socioeconomic levels, and the fathers have very different approaches to family. The movie explores the roles of nature and nurture and the impact of parenting style, mostly from the viewpoint of the parents. I thought the movie was really well directed and acted; the two kids, especially the one who plays Kieta, were great. I also liked seeing this story from a different cultural context. While some of the adjustments of the kids to the situation appeared rather rushed, overall, I thought the movie was a great meditation on the question of what makes a family. Thumbs up from me. (2013; 4 Stars)

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