London Korean Film Festival 2018: Treeless Mountain

London Korean Film Festival 2018: Treeless Mountain

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  • Sat 3 Nov
  • 89 minutes
  • Director: Kim So Yong
  • Cast: Kim Hee Yeon, Kim Song Hee
  • (2008)
  • This film is subtitled


A pair of sisters learns to cope with the sudden absence of their mother when she leaves them with “Big Aunt” in the country while she goes looking for their long absent dad.

Following her Canada-set debut In Between Days (2006), Kim So Yong returns to her native Korea for another autobiographically inspired tale - though this time one of childhood’s end. Kim’s film offers a potent, unsentimental examination of impoverished childhood in which the girls wander around in too small shoes with only one outfit and a pair of pyjamas each, eventually resorting to grilling grasshoppers just to survive.

Yet for all of its everyday sadness, Treeless Mountain is a sympathetic look at life on the margins of a prosperous society in which a little girl faces adult treachery with a stoic maturity and finally resolves to find her own place independent of a perhaps uncaring world.