What if one day you get a phone call that turns your life upside down? That's exactly what happens to the hardworking Ryouta and his wife Midori when they find out that their son was switched at birth and they've been raising a stranger's kid for six years. On top of that, the hospital officials want them to decide if they want to change their not-by-blood related son to their real son, and preferably before the boys start school in April.
This movie focus in the family ties, and how this is influenced by social standards.
Soshite chichi ni Naru tells the story of Ryoata Nonomiya, a successful arquitect that have all: a great job, a nice house, a cheerful wife (Midori) and a lovely six years old boy(Keita). At the beginning of the movie we can see how Ryoata has very high expectations about his life and his family, the Nonomiya family wants the best education for Keita so they want to enroll him to an exclusive school. Also we can figure out that Ryoata pays more attention to his job than his family, Midori is then the one who cares of Keita.
Everything falls apart when the Nonomiya Family received a call from the hospital where Keita born six years ago, it seems that Keita is not their biological son as result of an “accidental” (or so they said) mistake they gave them the wrong baby.
It’s this moment went the question Which kid would you choose your biological kid or the one who has been with you from the past six years? appears, Midori breaks because she loves Keita more than anything but for Ryoata “everything has sense now”.
The other kid, his real son, has been raised by a modest family, loved and happy with the life he has: a father that plays with him, two younger siblings and a mother that loves him, he doesn't need anything else.
Through the movie we see how Ryoata learns that sharing the same blood may not be all in an parent relation, the unconditional love that a child can provide and how he may not be the best father after all.
The cast is by far one of the best I have seen in long time, Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Ono Machiko and Lily Franky (who represents a childish electrician who loves his family with the purest heart); the kids are adorable, I specially love Keita who is touching and lovely, all of them represent their characters in simple way that made them so realistic and unique.
The director, Koreeda, also edited and wrote the movie, the OST includes some wonderful pieces as Goldberg Variations by Batch. I saw this movie in theaters (the movie won recognition in several festivals so arrive to my country this weekend) if you had the opportunity to see it in big screen go you won’t regret it, simply beautiful.