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Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life. (imdb)

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1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 126 stars)
2. Criterion Collection (Blu-ray) (public: moderated by epiphany - 17 stars)
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5. Christianity (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer - 3 stars)
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Apr 23 pltty
90 95%
Apr 10 mate_cosido
65 39%
Mar 09 scottmcc scott.mcc
70 63%
Feb 17 coldesser
70 43%
Feb 13 AKS
74 79%
Feb 08 Aizhas ()
20 0%
Jan 15 Malcym
6 51%
Jan 12 repetiology
75 52%
Dec 29, 2017 kritikos kritikos
100 96%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
60 45%
Dec 15, 2017 Toke Za
85 90%
Sep 11, 2017 annetronz
90 75%
Aug 15, 2017 anmeric
94 70%
Jul 18, 2017 Edueccì
79 49%
Jul 17, 2017 fartsahin fartsahin
85 87%
Apr 02, 2017 douns
82 79%
Mar 11, 2017 zkas1225
67 42%
Mar 01, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
72 85%
Dec 29, 2016 Hennimore
78 82%
Nov 17, 2016 Ronin22
68 81%
Oct 30, 2016 zipzuk
84 80%
Oct 19, 2016 annie annie
65 58%
Oct 07, 2016 filmcricket
80 89%
Sep 19, 2016 mixjuice
80 48%
Aug 07, 2016 khai1515
70 4%
Jul 25, 2016 Pietayse Pietayse
80 70%
Jul 10, 2016 BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
6 75%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
80 89%
Jun 26, 2016 1859 1859
59 53%
Jun 18, 2016 Haman_sama Haman-sama
86 92%
Jun 08, 2016 gulnur gulnur
87 91%
Jun 08, 2016 masoo masoo
80 75%
Lee's approach is deceptively simple. The presentation is straightforward, but events complicate our understanding of Shin-ae, who begins the film trying to deal with grief, only to find it nearly inescapable. There are similarities to the kinds of torments Lars von Trier loads onto many of his female characters, but Lee keeps things on a human scale, with room for light comic moments. Jeon is impeccable struggling through the trials life throws at her.
Mar 07, 2016 eiiwp eiiwp
80 71%
Feb 11, 2016 Ildorio10
70 22%
Feb 06, 2016 Ausosum
70 33%
Jan 19, 2016 luc luc
57 22%
Jan 02, 2016 exitexitquit
55 38%
Dec 28, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40 86%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Nov 14, 2015 Swoony Swoony
82 65%
Nov 02, 2015 Niska Niska
41 69%
Nov 02, 2015 almengi
93 96%
Sep 26, 2015 madadude
63 41%
Sep 16, 2015 Damirageir Damirageir
33 10%
Sep 09, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
75 87%
Sep 06, 2015 monclivie monclivie
85 87%
Aug 22, 2015 moodeuce
90 87%
Aug 19, 2015 jackinthebox jackinthebox
80 78%
Jul 30, 2015 matimend matimend
7 50%
Jun 19, 2015 lucidquasar
70 25%
Jun 09, 2015 Solacy Solacy
84 92%
May 18, 2015 zetes
90 82%
May 07, 2015 vinlant
94 81%
May 03, 2015 al bundy
72 29%
Apr 25, 2015 YJLcool
70 27%
Apr 20, 2015 cardsos01
60 69%
Apr 14, 2015 bluesman bluesman
65 38%
Apr 06, 2015 debaser1985
64 33%
Feb 23, 2015 lwd32f lwd32f
75 23%
Feb 09, 2015 visceroid visceroid
60 23%
Feb 02, 2015 denm
60 37%
Jan 25, 2015 ArloJWiley
90 70%
Jan 18, 2015 Dogubomb Dogubomb
30 4%
Jan 15, 2015 joachimt joachimt
60 36%
Jan 08, 2015 daffodil907 daffodil907
79 85%
Jan 07, 2015 strangelime
85 63%
Dec 26, 2014 GrimsChild GrimsChild
70 87%
Dec 15, 2014 blucthulhu
70 56%
Dec 14, 2014 batui
50 15%
Dec 12, 2014 10kfilms
73 69%
Dec 05, 2014 hmmdos
87 53%
Dec 03, 2014 Lonewolf2003
80 74%
Nov 14, 2014 Allynhi
95 99%
Nov 11, 2014 TraverseTown TraverseTown
85 86%
Oct 10, 2014 sh4dow
40 5%
Aug 17, 2014 IDYmilkshake IDYmilkshake
75 73%
Aug 17, 2014 MA M_A
88 92%
Aug 08, 2014 oldskool
80 77%
Aug 04, 2014 bakcheia bakcheia
90 85%
This starts off like a deceptively simple story of a mother and child starting life anew in the wake of a deceased spouse/father. All feels comfortable and well until things spiral terribly into a space full of despair, grief, and attempts at coping for the main character once her child is taken from her. Lee Chang-Dong's tale is one full of emotional loose ends and questions about faith, hope, and what Camus described as the "benign indifference of the universe". A devastating, yet vital film.
Jul 27, 2014 outlandish outlandish
75 67%
Jun 10, 2014 stascomedy
74 66%
Jun 01, 2014 themagician
80 62%
May 28, 2014 Communicants Communicants
85 87%
May 08, 2014 Benasdfghjkl Benasdfghjkl
73 62%
Apr 20, 2014 Magmadiver Magmadiver
68 29%
Good but the dramatic elements got to be a bit annoying, although admittedly that's more due to how hard it is to find a Korean movie without excessive melodrama (save Hong Sang-soo) than Lee's direction as he handles it well. There's gotta be some Tsai/Jia/Hou lookalikes in the country somewhere, right?
Apr 19, 2014 pupahava pupahava
80 82%
Apr 01, 2014 Diggler
70 48%
Feb 26, 2014 Adobe Slats
62 61%
Feb 21, 2014 Chazz Chetly
90 97%
Feb 16, 2014 sengir sengir
80 58%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
50 18%
Feb 11, 2014 Princezz Princezz
70 49%
Jan 25, 2014 hamletello adilekin
55 9%
Jan 10, 2014 filmfreak88 filmfreak88
90 96%
I have a particularly troubled history with religion so the sudden thematic focus on it had me worried for a while. It's a subject that I easily find grating when mishandled. But in retrospect, it seemed foolish of me to doubt Lee Changdong. This here is an exquisite and unflinching immersion into the wide consuming ocean of grief. Every scene is awashed in deeply etched pain and despair and it offers no simplistic solutions or easy comfort.
Nov 26, 2013 Glenn Nygard
30 20%
Nov 23, 2013 cpt martha
65 16%
Nov 16, 2013 Sane
75 67%
Nov 02, 2013 feelgoodguy feelgoodguy
64 18%
Oct 19, 2013 uysalherif uysalherif
70 70%
Oct 11, 2013 FatihC
50 12%
Sep 26, 2013 PassTheSalt PassTheSalt
61 60%
Sep 17, 2013 Barkinson
40 21%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
90 92%
Sep 08, 2013 DallasSD
92 85%
Jul 13, 2013 buttonman
80 77%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
70 47%
May 03, 2013 cgdbrd cgdbrd
87 60%
May 02, 2013 doganay doganay
75 51%
May 02, 2013 yildiz yildiz
50 4%
Apr 28, 2013 seyma seyma
80 80%
Apr 12, 2013 honeycuttwc
60 49%
Apr 07, 2013 olaf
91 47%
Feb 14, 2013 sergebarber sergebarber
2 51%
Jan 29, 2013 dyook
70 18%
Jan 28, 2013 Stopper
78 88%
Jan 21, 2013 b4con b4con
80 53%
Jan 18, 2013 maurerm788
90 50%
Dec 12, 2012 Achk
7 65%
Nov 29, 2012 !nsomn!a
80 75%
Oct 28, 2012 Ronin21
80 73%
Oct 07, 2012 SorenMueller
7 54%
Sep 30, 2012 Valenzetti Valenzetti
76 49%
Sep 28, 2012 AVclub
9 84%
Sep 05, 2012 arirang arirang
93 91%
Aug 12, 2012 PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
70 59%
Aug 08, 2012 Murderface Space Pope
75 66%
Thanks a lot, movie, now I feel like stepped-in shit.
Jul 25, 2012 natebarrios natebarrios
80 80%
Jul 06, 2012 Quimbo Quimbo
82 82%
Wonderful, unpredictable film. Loved the contrast of how people will use someone's grief for their own, not entirely selfish ends... The ending kind of fizzled out, not living up to the rest of the film, but definitely worth a watch anyway.
Jul 01, 2012 Monster Monster
90 80%
Jun 30, 2012 itsirc itsirc
73 79%
Jun 26, 2012 stpmtnfury
80 40%
Jun 21, 2012 pzingg
88 52%
Jun 13, 2012 Mentaculus Mentaculus
94 94%
Exhausting. This should be used in Christian circles - not to show the damnation of the faith, because it never goes down that rabbit hole; nor as propaganda, because the Church in many ways exacerbates Sin-ae's suffering. But that's why it should be seen. What Chang-dong Lee is showing is a person's slow mutation of insufferable grief into pride, and the community's part to play in the matter. Lee's getting to the point using only a few performances and nuanced cinematography is masterful.
Jun 07, 2012 Vytas
85 70%
May 30, 2012 dequinix dequinix
50 22%
May 26, 2012 ears550 elixir
76 85%
May 26, 2012 e-ball
71 54%
May 21, 2012 nrm5
58 50%
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
59 46%
Apr 21, 2012 Adrien Adrien
3 76%
Apr 19, 2012 kjfellows kokirijazz
4 49%
Apr 11, 2012 tatasonne tatasonne
83 58%
Mar 09, 2012 burflok
69 74%
Mar 07, 2012 lazyperson lazyperson
75 79%
Mar 05, 2012 Tizzy Tizzy
90 85%
Feb 27, 2012 friendo55 friendo55
90 88%
Feb 21, 2012 sidehacker sidehacker
74 63%
Feb 18, 2012 DianaC
10 12%
Feb 18, 2012 sbirko
74 66%
Feb 17, 2012 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
Feb 11, 2012 pizdindim pizdin_dim
95 75%
Feb 10, 2012 ericdupont ericdupont
85 78%
Feb 10, 2012 davesv
78 59%
Feb 04, 2012 JJ1986 JJ1986
70 76%
Jan 21, 2012 perplexetic perplexetic
60 51%
Jan 21, 2012 Ammit
90 61%
Jan 21, 2012 peekingpanda peekingpanda
65 79%
Jan 05, 2012 Icarus Icarus
95 96%
A remarkable film about a woman's journey from isolation and abstraction to a more connected and human existence. Lee uses melodrama beautifully, the shifting tones balancing perfectly on one another. His portrayal of religion is one of the fairest, charitably rendered in recent memory, the film illustrating its interest in every significant character. The two leads are especially good, and while Jeon has gotten the accolades, it's the tender and comic performance from Song that endures for me.
Dec 28, 2011 The_Mxe
82 39%
Dec 01, 2011 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
67 32%
It felt like someone running down a checklist of various reactions to grief, predictable, no real insight. I didn't think Jeon 's performance was that great, despite all the accolades. She does have her moments but other times I cringed. I did like the relationship with the eager mechanic and also the teenage girl. And I liked how even-handed Lee is in his approach to religion, and how the film spends some time with that subject and then moves on. But mostly my reaction was merely lukewarm.
Nov 24, 2011 frg frg
9 84%
Nov 09, 2011 ksboyd kylefilms
90 87%
Nov 09, 2011 genevajoy genevajoy
85 67%
Oct 30, 2011 gazpacho
80 86%
Oct 22, 2011 SlantMag SlantMag
30 78%
"Lee has a rare gift for depicting how the minor dissonance of everyday interactions eventually explodes into public displays of rage and despair." - Kevin B. Lee
Oct 14, 2011 LEAVES
63 77%
Oct 12, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
68 82%
Oct 10, 2011 IL I.L.
64 44%
Sep 28, 2011 NRM03
63 53%
Sep 26, 2011 fenixdown fenixdown
86 92%
Sep 08, 2011 jonnykungfu
85 86%
One of the most amazing performances I've ever seen in a great film that will likely be regarded as a classic if it finds an audience. Chang-dong Lee could be South Korea's Bergman if he continues in this vein and perfects his craft.
Sep 05, 2011 dsjoerdsma
70 48%
Sep 03, 2011 FrankHowley FrankHowley
80 75%
Sep 03, 2011 PerryStroika PerryStroika
67 74%
Deeply cathartic and unforgettable.
Sep 01, 2011 RedFalcon Red_Falcon_
75 67%
Aug 28, 2011 kastenm kastenm
59 22%
Aug 28, 2011 jamesford
86 47%
Aug 09, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
84 95%
Aug 07, 2011 keskin keskin
68 56%
Jul 22, 2011 alternative
6 43%
Jun 23, 2011 Alexandru Alexandru
4 17%
Jun 19, 2011 mark83
7 61%
Mar 31, 2011 NRM02
49 29%
Mar 29, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
85 89%
Mar 24, 2011 Blizniak
80 57%
Mar 24, 2011 theficionado
63 61%
Mar 21, 2011 NRM01
67 77%
Mar 16, 2011 johnny_geo johnny geo
75 70%
Mar 11, 2011 corruptelite
84 85%
Mar 11, 2011 Stain Stain
30 20%
Dull and unpleasant
Mar 01, 2011 recep arikan
70 18%
Feb 05, 2011 cambel cambel
72 56%
Jan 22, 2011 Positive Jon
95 90%
Jan 21, 2011 akjn akjn
75 63%
Jan 18, 2011 atreides atreides
90 65%
Jan 16, 2011 Warren Warren
82 60%
Jan 15, 2011 Mawazh Mawazh
70 29%
Jan 06, 2011 jeffv jeff_v
73 74%
Dec 31, 2010 bedirhankara bedirhankara
77 80%
Dec 27, 2010 ppplll
20 25%
Aug 17, 2010 onetwothree
60 66%
Aug 13, 2010 gaddark gaddark
76 73%
Aug 13, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
73 61%
Jul 21, 2010 OhYes OhYes
78 91%
Jul 18, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
74 74%
Jul 13, 2010 Kokolo
80 59%
Jun 29, 2010 Inframan Inframan
85 37%
Jun 04, 2010 popolinka Thegoodboy
54 42%
Jun 03, 2010 CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
75 70%
It's basically a 2 hour emotional meltdown. That's not to say it's not good because it does feature some great acting. However, the drawn out suffering of one woman ultimately makes you feel like a sadistic voyeur. Everything about this is an example of the tearjerking dramas Korean film is famous for. Even the title is sort of ironic. It's not a total tears fest there are funny moments. But the events feel engineered which despite the commendable acting makes it appear disingenuous at times.
May 31, 2010 ksc6000
85 40%
Apr 21, 2010 biblioklept biblioklept
82 77%
Mar 06, 2010 screaminp screamin_p
60 18%
Feb 05, 2010 oxiukas1 oxiukas1
6 9%
Jan 19, 2010 Spunkie Spunkie
40 24%
Dec 28, 2009 gork gork
84 78%
Dec 20, 2009 bharath
75 73%
This movie describes the life of a Sin-ae who is struck by tragic event and how she lives her life coping with these events. The acting by Do-yeon Jeon is amazing portraying the bereaved woman. Kang-ho Song plays the role of a person trying to get a place in the heart of Sin-ae. This movie is great except for a big part of the movie which shows the grieving part of the woman to be part preaching Christianity. I would have rated this movie higher if not for that.
Dec 06, 2009 Kymera6
89 56%
Oct 18, 2009 Barthalen Barthalen
72 61%
It's pretty hard to watch the emotional collapse of the grieving main character. Drama with a capital D. Good performances all-over, but pretty draining.
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
5 51%
Sep 12, 2009 negative
2 %
Sep 08, 2009 shin508 shin508
90 90%
Aug 12, 2009 Sebastian
73 67%
Aug 05, 2009 Bullt Bullt
48 13%
Jul 27, 2009 evilmd evil_md
84 91%
Jul 06, 2009 Ercan Ercan
6 55%
Jul 02, 2009 Grouchy Grouchy
89 85%
Jun 11, 2009 Gyronomic Gyronomic
60 53%
Jun 07, 2009 picciotto
75 75%
May 20, 2009 Veterini Veterini
91 95%
Apr 21, 2009 drynwhyl drynwhyl
88 60%
Apr 19, 2009 imdb imdb
74 81%
Mar 21, 2009 lidya lidya
95 51%
Mar 16, 2009 muku25
80 83%
Feb 13, 2009 abowloffire
66 9%
Feb 05, 2009 Gody85 Gody85
64 81%
Dec 28, 2008 JimmyLeresky JimmyLeresky
60 21%
Dec 23, 2008 zezim
70 29%
Dec 18, 2008 Ortman Ortman
17 0%
Dec 15, 2008 StarsDown
87 58%
Dec 09, 2008 Ralegend Ralegend
30 11%
Nov 22, 2008 agalloholic agalloholic
60 20%
Nov 18, 2008 HKi HKi
83 94%
Nov 04, 2008 Tostadora Tostadora
78 70%
Oct 17, 2008 columbiatch columbiatch
74 68%
Oct 13, 2008 coltrane
5 69%
Sep 22, 2008 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65 66%
Sep 18, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
72 86%
Sep 03, 2008 isaacristich
85 67%
Aug 27, 2008 goran
66 61%
Aug 26, 2008 mert0571
69 76%
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