Last Child

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    Last Child

    Directed by

    South Korea

    2017

    124 min

    • Korean

    Fiction

    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.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - Busan IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Choi Moo-seong
    Kim Yeo-jin
    Seong Yu-bin
    Screenplay
    Shin Dong-seok
    Cinematography
    Lee Zi-hoon
    Editing
    Lee Young-lim
    Music
    Kim Hae-won
    Production
    ATO CO. LTD
    Sales
    FINECUT CO. LTD.
    Shin Dongseok

    Shin Dongseok

    South Korea

    Born on February 26, 1978 in Jeonju, South Korea, in 2000, director Shin was accepted in 2000 to Korea National University of Arts (Seoul), School of Film, TV & Multimedia and graduated in 2006 with a major in Film Making. He made two short films: the first, STIRRING RIPPLE, won the Excellence Award for Best Picture at 2005 Busan International Short Film Festival; and the second, GAHEE & B.H., won Best Film in ‘A Short Film about Love’ at 2006 Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival. LAST CHILD is his feature debut.