Last Child 2017 Ages 15+

12.30PM Sun 7 Apr 2019 (2hrs 3mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘A married couple who run a small interior decorating business have yet to get over the death of their son Eunchan, who drowned while trying to save a friend’s life. One day, the boy’s father watches as the surviving boy, Kihyun, is bullied by his friends. He intervenes and befriends the seemingly rootless boy, and gives him a job in his store.

This directorial debut looks at how grief works. As the three protagonists paint, put up wallpaper, and cook together, everyday tasks become a matter of course once again, and the three develop a shared rhythm; they could almost be mistaken for a family. But the closer the trio becomes, the guiltier Kihyun feels. Finally he confesses the truth about Eunchan: he was not the noble saviour everyone believes him to have been. Sadness curdles into a desire for revenge. But the film retains its calm, and its hugely focused visual compositions provide space for all kinds of emotional outbursts. The provincial setting, precisely drawn, becomes a stage where questions of vengeance and atonement are played out.’ Berlin Film Festival

CREDITS

HD VIDEO, COLOUR, DOLBY, 123 MINUTES, SOUTH KOREA, KOREAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: SHIN DONG-SEOK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: LEE ZI-HOON / EDITOR: LEE YOUNG-LIM / PRODUCTION CO: ATO / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FINECUT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP