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House of Hummingbird (2018)House of Hummingbird (2018)

House of Hummingbird (2018)

A sensitive, autobiographical triumph on growth and girlhood

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

South Korea

Korean

Lovely, Slice-of-Life, Slow

2018

Female director, Kim Bora

In-gi Jeong, Jeong In-gi, Jung In-gi

135 min

Synopsis

Whatever she does, Eunhee feels like an outsider. Then her new Chinese teacher turns out to be so utterly different from everybody else. A compassionate and meticulously told narrative of a seemingly regular summer that leaves nothing unchanged.

Our Take

8.0
Renee Cuisia

It’s 1994, and Seoul is facing massive, rapid changes. The unrest is reflected by a lot of its residents, including Eun-hee, a disaffected teen with a less-than-stellar home and school life. She manages to get by with the help of friends and lovers, that is until they change too, and Eun-hee is forced to grapple with the volatility of it all. 

Sensitively told and genuinely captivating, House of Hummingbird is a stellar debut by writer-director Kim Bo-ra. Her command shines in how young actress Park Ji-hoo dynamically portrays Eun-hee, in how the story meanders but never loses footing, and in how each frame displays a quiet gorgeousness as the primary colors of her youth pop against the faded backdrop of urbanized Seoul. The delicate balance of all these elements is sure to evoke a sincere, profound feeling in every viewer. 

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