Liesel Meminger is dispatched to live with foster parents, Hans Hubermann and his strict wife Rosa. One night, a Jewish refugee called Max arrives at the Hubermanns' home and they offer him shelter in the basement.
Jasmine married businessman Hal and enjoyed the trappings of his wealth in New York. When Hal is exposed as a crook, all of Jasmine's assets are seized and she is forced to head to San Francisco and move into the apartment of her divorcee sister.
Youngster Yuya Yagira sensationally won the Best Actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his role in Kore-eda's true story of a mother (You) who abandons her four children, leaving the eldest boy Akira (Yagira) to take charge of the family in her absence.
Rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof is a ladies man, who enjoys casual sex with many female partners. Following a work related injury, Ron is treated at hospital where they inform him that he is HIV positive and will probably die within 30 days.