Secret Sunshine

Director in Person
Screening on Film
$10 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Lee Chang-dong.
With Jeon Do-yeon, Song Kang-ho, Jo Yeong-jin.
South Korea, 2007, 35mm, color, 142 min.
Korean with English subtitles.

The sudden death of her husband is only the first misfortune for the protagonist of Lee’s latest film. With her son in tow, the young widow retreats to her husband’s small town, where her experiences both draw her towards Christianity and cause her to question her faith. As so often in his films, Lee’s richly detailed command of narrative, image and character makes his densely textured filmmaking seem almost novelistic. This remarkable film about faith is unpredictable and completely unsentimental. Jeon Do-yeon has won numerous awards for her performance in the lead, as well as comparisons to Gena Rowlands in this somewhat Cassavetes-esque film.

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