Also known as “Nobody Knows” a Japanese film by Hirokazu Koreeda. Starring 4 little children left alone by their (terrible) mother, Keiko, after finding a new boyfriend. She leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. So a twelve year old boy, played perfectly by Yûya Yagira (who won at the Cannes Film Festival category Best Actor!) has to take care of everyone. We see the struggles the kids have, the incredible responsibility the big brother, Akira, has and how it sometimes just overwhelms him.
He buys grocery’s, does the laundry, has to pay the bills and so on. But after the money is gone, he and his siblings can’t afford to buy new things, and get what they need from friends and neighbors. Sometimes his sibling or friends ask, where his mother is, Akira always responds with, she’s working in Osaka, and that she will be back soon, but the mother abandoned them, and doesn’t want to come back. None of the kids go to school, and no one around them knows what really goes on.