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A single mother from Seoul, desperate to find a job, leaves her seven-year-old son (Seung-ho Yoo) in the care of her deaf-mute mother in a remote village. The brat initially scorns his stooped and withered grandmother, but his petulance is overcome by her silent love and generosity. Writer-director Jeong-hyang Lee recruited most of her actors from the countryside of Choongbuk Province, including Eul-boon Kim, who delivers a touching performance as the grandmother despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that she'd never acted before, or even seen a movie. The plot of the picture (2002) is familiar, but it's realized with such delicacy and affection for the characters that it seems as fresh and warm as its verdant setting. In Korean with subtitles. 85 min. Landmark's Century Centre.

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