Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda is famed for his perceptive and touching gentle dramas, often centred around childhood, including his delightful last film, I Wish. Like Father Like Son is his third film to be screened at Cannes, and it could be his first to win an award.
Reactions haven't been tremendously good so far, though neither have they been tremendously bad. Peter Bradhsaw thinks it sweet-natured but undemanding, writing in The Guardian, while Deborah Young at The Hollywood Reporter thinks it unlikely that Like Father Like Son will be able to make the same emotional connection that Koreeda's most celebrated works have done with audiences. One of the pre-festival favourites to win the Palme d'Or, it'll have to connect better with jury members than critics in order to spell success for Koreeda.