Jung Il and Soon Nam are a married couple. Their son died in The Sewol tragedy. Jung Il feels guilt that he was not there with his family when his son died. Soon Nam misses her son dearly. She supports her family by working at grocery store. The film explores the aftermath of how The Sewol tragedy effected many families. Edit Translation
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Story : This movie follows the life of Jung Il & Soon Nam family after the Sewol tragedy that happened in 2014 and killed 304 people mostly students (250) from Danwon High School.
Jung Il and Soon Nam are a married couple that lost their oldest son in the tragedy. They have another daughter Ye Sol. The movie starts of with Jung Il coming back from abroad. During the movie we see him and his wife trying their best to reconnect with each other while raising their daughter and bearing the pain caused by the loss of their child.
It's a slow paced movie showing the process of mourning a loved one. The plot is simple but it's a beautiful and heartbreaking story. The director did a great job at showing the grief of people, it was realisticly shot. Even if it's slow paced I didn't felt bored at all. Instead i was invested in the story and i was grieving with the family. I even cried at some parts of the movie. It shows how different people, mourn differently and how we must respect their grief even if we're not directly affected. It also shows the pain of other families and friends and how they all try to support each other and how they all deal with the loss of a loved one.
The ending was really beautiful (but it really makes you cry a river). I felt like it was fitting and perfectly ended the movie.
Acting : Sol Kyung Gu and Jeon Do Yeon were amazing in this movie. They gave such a powerful performance. We could see the pain the characters felt in their eyes. It felt so real when they cried my heart broke. Kim Bo Min did also a good job as Ye Sol. All the support characters were great too, they all did a good job at portraying their characters. We could felt the pain through all of them.
Music : I can't really remember any of the music.
Rewatch value : We can definitly watch this movie multiple times. Sure we knows what happens, but as it's a story about life and tragedy we can watch it again without feeling bored.
Overall it's a slow paced movie about life, loss and mourning. The acting is amazing and makes you feel the pain of each characters. If you enjoy slice of life stories or stories that makes you cry then this is for you.
Warning : You will need a box of tissues while watching this !