Woman and teen child looking at a cityscape from a high balcony in overcast setting.



Award-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda returned to Japan to film an effective drama about the search for truth, which received the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes.

Single mother Saori lives with her 11-year-old son Minato. She notices that he’s been acting oddly lately, seemingly because of physical and verbal intimidation by his class teacher, Mr Hori. But the school brushes off the accusation with an unconvincing apology. The situation is complicated even more by the perspective of the accused teacher. Who is actually the “monster” in the film’s title? This outstandingly well-written film is not only about fear, loneliness and friendship presented from different perspectives, but also about the blind spots that sometimes lead to unambiguous moral judgements even when the facts are not so clearcut.

Lucerna Cinema – Large Hall, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1

Alžběta Medková, Moderator
Daniela Čechová, Teacher

Kino Pilotů – Cinema Hall A, Donská 168/189, Praha 10

Original TitleMonster
Original LanguageJapanese
Subtitles Czech, English
Film typeFeature film
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginJapan
Length126 min.
Tags Children and Youth, Asia
Director Kore-eda Hirokazu

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