Two couples are forced to re-assess their roles as parents when it transpires that their young sons were accidentally switched at birth in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning drama ‘Like Father, Like Son’.
Ryota and Midori are a well-off middle class couple who live in a luxurious apartment with their six-year-old son Keita who is about to start elementary school. Ryota is a driven workaholic who it seems is unable to show any proper affection towards his son. One day he and his wife discover that Keita is not their biological child, that a mix-up at the hospital caused him to be swapped with the boy of another couple at birth.
Yudai and Yukari are less well-off, but free spirited and deeply affectionate towards their son. When the two couples meet they find themselves facing a moral dilemma: do they keep the sons they have raised or switch again and attempt to restart family life?
‘Like Father, Like Son’ is a thought-provoking film which provides an emotional study on the trials and joys of parenthood.
‘Like Father, Like Son’ will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, May 14th at 8pm. Tickets: €9 (concession €7 concession - €5 Film Club members).