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The Way Home

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 this 2002 Korean feature is familiar, but it's realized with a delicacy and affection for the characters that seems as fresh and warm as its verdant setting. In Korean with subtitles. PG, 85 min.

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