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Little Forest (15*)

Chronic Youth Film Festival 2019

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Korean New Wave director Yim Soon-rye’s Little Forest follows Hye-won (Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden) as she deals with the stagnation of millennial post-graduate life.

Recently graduated from university, Hye-won (Kim Tae-ri) is disillusioned by her life in Seoul – she works a dead-end job and eats terrible food.

After returning to her hometown, in countryside South Korea, she plunges into a journey of self-discovery by rekindling old friendships and cooking up a storm.

Yim Soon-rye’s tasty slice of feel-good realism celebrates the restorative ability of food to evoke feelings of tenderness and home, and the power of everyday perseverance within oneself.

Based on the slice-of-life manga Ritoru Foresuto by Daisuke Igarashi, Soon-rye uses a colourful and vivid lens to depict the universal toil of finding your way in life.

South Korea 2018 Dir Yim Soon-rye 104 min

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