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Last Child

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Last Child

Directed by Shin Dongseok

  • South Korea 2017; 124 min
  • Original version: Korean
  • Genre: Fiction
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Busan IFF

  • From the director of IN THE WATER presented at Asian Project Market

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.

Production

  • ATO CO. LTD

     

International Sales

  • FINECUT CO. LTD.

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