Thoughts on Treeless Mountain

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:50 PM By Simon

-Jin (Hee Yeon Kim), a bright seven-year-old, is forced to care for her young sister Bin (Song Hee Kim) when their mother leaves them to find their father.

-The actresses here are kind of amazing. Especially Hee Yeon Kim, at once naive and terribly weary.

-Quiet, slow, deliberate, not a lot of dialogue, sometimes dizzying perma-closeup, but still fascinating.

-I have yet to figure what the point of this movie is. It's a fine film, entertaining if you're into that sort of thing (which I am), but I can't think of one reason why it was made, besides maybe concept. There's no particular political message, no social one--the child abandonment thing never felt anvilicious or anything--no star vehicle, no overt point. Not even as an experimental.

-Lovely, anyway.


Courtney Small said...

Loved this film. It was depressing at times, especially towards the end, but fascinating nonetheless. The two main girls did a fantastic job.

October 6, 2010 at 7:13 PM