Tag Archives: Mother and daughter

Rolling (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she begins to roll under the pandemic

South Korean independent film “Rolling” is a modest but sensitive character drama surrounding its young heroine’s emotional journey toward regained hope and optimism. Although it initially requires some patience from us due to its rather slow narrative pacing, the movie … Continue reading

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Gyeong-ah’s Daughter (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her daughter is in trouble…

I often braced myself while watching South Korean film “Gyeong-ah’s Daughter”, a somber but undeniably powerful drama about one certain serious social gender issue in our digital era. As observing how its two different main characters respectively struggle with the … Continue reading

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Missing Yoon (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Imitation of Life

Here is a little South Korean film which somehow made me care much more than expected. I must confess that I initially observed its two different main characters with mere pity and annoyance, but “Missing Yoon” gradually let me understand … Continue reading

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Cassiopeia (2022) ☆☆(2/4): A disappointingly sappy Alzheimer drama

I do not mind those “disease of the week” flicks as long as they are engaging enough for me, but South Korean film “Cassiopeia” does not do its job that well as your average disease of the week movie. While … Continue reading

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Umma (2022) ☆☆(2/4): Her mother returns to haunt her…

As a little American horror film peppered with some Korean cultural elements, “Umma” surely intrigued me at first but then eventually disappointed me. As a South Korean moviegoer, I appreciated a number of cultural elements in the film while also … Continue reading

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You Are Not My Mother (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Is she really her mother?

“You Are Not My Mother” is a small creepy horror film swirling around one serious family problem. Although it becomes less interesting when its dark family secret is eventually revealed during its last act as expected, it still holds our … Continue reading

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The Anchor (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): An anchor in crisis

South Korean film “The Anchor” is another typical woman-in-crisis flick, but it did the job a bit better than expected. Although the story becomes a little too contrived during its last act in my humble opinion, the movie mostly works … Continue reading

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Turning Red (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her big red secret

Animation feature film “Turning Red”, the latest work from Pixar Animation Studios which unfortunately goes straight to Disney+ instead of being released in theaters, is a delightful female coming-of-age tale peppered with distinctive cultural touches to be appreciated. Like several … Continue reading

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Parallel Mothers (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two mothers’ complicated situation

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film “Parallel Mothers” is another fascinating work to be added to his long and illustrious career. Because, like many of Almodóvar’s notable works such as “Talk to Her” (2002), the movie engages us to a surprising degree … Continue reading

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Dumplin’ (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): This Is Her

Netflix movie “Dumplin’” is your average feel-good comedy drama flick which actually handles its genre clichés and conventions better than you may think. Sure, this is another familiar story of an adolescent heroine going all the way for more self-esteem … Continue reading

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