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Treeless Mountain [DVD]

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  • Actors: Hee Yeon Kim, Song Hee Kim
  • Directors: So Yong Kim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033ZG37I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,848 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When their mother needs to leave in order to find their estranged father, seven-year-old Jin and her younger sister, Bin, are left to live with their Big Aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their mother s promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. Counting the days, and the coins, the two bright-eyed young girls eagerly anticipate their mother s homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, Big Aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparent s farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds in this beautiful, meditative, and thought-provoking second feature from So Yong Kim, the acclaimed director of IN BETWEEN DAYS.

Variety's Robert Koehler said of Kim s film: 'drawing out beautifully natural performances from her child actors, Kim once again has a distinct way of letting her camera observe her characters with kind thoughtfulness, allowing for a quiet mood to wash over the scenes.'

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyon on 29 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Disney would have turned a movie of this premise into an adventure. Writer/director Kim So Yong wanted something more realistic. The result isn't a film for everyone. It's not for people who need dramatic arcs to propel them thru a film. This one tries to avoid anything formulaic like a plot. (It doesn't quite succeed at that. There are moments that feel like dramatic construction.) But it avoids paroxysms and moves at naturalistic pace. Overall, it feels like a series of glimpses of real life.

The film focuses on the bewilderment of two children and that no doubt springs from the Kim So Yong's own experience of being left in the care of her grandparents on a farm as her divorced mother went to the US to build a life for her and her children. (Kim So Yong would emigrate to the US at age 12.) In the movie, the mother instead hunts for her husband. Her motive is only implied - it is clear that she needs financial help to care for her two daughters - and perhaps more.

The film strives for and achieves a constant oppressive mood of abandonment. This is enforced by the use of muted lighting and color and the use of mostly hand-held closeups of the girls. The closeups give the movie a strongly personal tone, as if seeing and feeling the children's innermost thoughts. But it's also claustrophobic and the few establishing shots feel like respites.

The child actresses are a delight and -- while not quite natural in front of the camera -- So Yong keeps them convincing enuf. The two trained actresses who play the mother and the aunt are very good. But it's the appeal of the two girls (the youngest in a princess gown) that carries the film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. J. Wigmore on 16 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Beautifully filmed, and sensitive. This film leaves you to see everything for yourself, there is no need to be told the feelings which constantly flit across the girls faces. No, this film is not for everyone but then I don't like those!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eduard on 1 Aug. 2013
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Hello,
I have been collecting asian cinema for some time and this is surely one of my favorites. Not a lot of action. I mean no action at all. Feels like you are entering the diary of these 2 little girls. Like an observation. In the beginning you will start wondering when will there be some dramatic event but then you start realizing it will be like this untill the end. Simply wonderfull. Don't have any '' offspring '' but i would certainly ask them to join watching. Greetings, Edward
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gartmore on 6 May 2012
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This is a lovely little film, simple but moving. Highly recommended I am sorry that I can't add anything else as my message speaks for itself.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss K A Brown on 28 Jun. 2015
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If you keep sending me films like this 'Lovefilm' I will be revoking my membership.
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