BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmMicrohabitat

CertificateNot Rated
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
DirectorJeon Go-woon
CountrySouth Korea
Running Time1HR 44MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / 15+
SeasonLondon Korean Film Festival

In this surprising first feature, filmmaker Jeon Go-woon subtly reinvents the conventions of slacker cinema, in the form of a dramatic comedy with a strong feminine perspective.

Mi-so (Lee Som), like many thirty-somethings, finds herself unprepared for the harsh economic realities of adulthood. Working as a housekeeper with low wages and zero job security, she struggles to pay the exorbitant rent on her cramped apartment. Mi-so’s spirited youth playing in a band seems a distant memory. The only modest pleasures she has left are smoking and drinking. When she can’t even afford these, Mi-so chooses to give up her home rather than her whisky. What might at first seem a callow choice becomes symbolic of her courageous stand for human dignity. Embarking on an odyssey through Seoul, Mi-so looks up her old bandmates in search of help.

Writer-director Jeon has given us a potent heroine for our time in her graceful, wildly inventive debut feature tackling serious themes with style and humour. A truly original voice joins the front ranks of South Korean cinema.

Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival on tour. Also see Little Forest and The Return.




Little Forest

A young woman jettisons city life for a rural existence, producing a lot of mouthwatering food along the way in this charming take on the quarter-life crisis.

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The Return

Karoline (Karoline Sofie Lee) visits South Korea for the first time since her adoption by a Danish family as a baby, in this unique combination of drama and documentary.

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