Saturday, February 18, 2023

Quiet Migration (2023) Berlin 2023

A nineteen year old adopted Korean man ponders his future on the Danish farm where he was raised. He wants to see what is out in the world and in the country (South Korea) where he was born.

Beautiful and lyrical film about how we see ourselves and how we struggle to find our place in the world.  It’s a film that ponders the age old question of where do we belong and what makes us who we are.

A film of stunning beauty, I really wish I had seen this on a big screen, I found I was moved by the very human story. I liked how the film gave us people we could really feel for. What is it that makes who we are the place of out birth or the people who raised and loved us? There is a shot late in the film of mother and son toward the end of the film that seemed to answer it and which made me misty.

What a delight.

If I may digress for a moment - in some ways the film would make an interesting double feature with the recent award winning RETURN TO SEOUL, which is also about a Korean adoptee from Europe trying to come to terms with her heritage.  While the course of both films are completely different some of the themes are similar  and seeing them presented from different perspectives had my mind working over time.

Worth a look, especially on a big screen.

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