Return to Seoul15

Directed by Davy Chou | South Korea | 2022 | 1h 59m | Korean & French w/ English subtitles | Starring Park Ji-min, Oh Kwang-rok, Kim Sun-young, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Guka Han

Wanting to reconnect with her origins, a 25-year-old woman impulsively returns to South Korea, the country of her birth before she was adopted by a French couple. As she begins the search for her biological parents in a country she knows little about, her life begins to move in new and unexpected directions. Featuring a stunning debut performance from Ji-Min, this shapeshifting character portrait of a restless woman caught between two worlds sensitively explores identity, belonging, and cultural duality.

Reviews

‘Few movies have ever been more perfectly in tune with their protagonists than Davy Chou’s jagged, restless, and rivetingly unpredictable Return to Seoul.’
★★★★★
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

‘This one will stand the test of time: knotty, electric, powerful, soul-searching.’
★★★★
Ella Kemp, Little White Lies

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15:45

American Fiction 15
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The Zone of Interest 12A
1h 45m | German, Polish & Yiddish w/ English subtitles
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All of Us Strangers 12A
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