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Three adult siblings, all with different personalities, begin to live together in their mother's home. The middle sibling, 48-year-old In Mo, is a movie director. His first film turned into a box-office disaster. Since then, he has decided to move back in with his mother. The oldest sibling is Han Mo. Han Mo is generally regarded as a pain in the neck type of person who has lived with his mother all of his life. Han Mo doesn't work. Then, the youngest sibling Mi Yeon moves back into their mother's home. Mi Yeon has a strong personality and will soon enter into her third marriage. Meanwhile, Mi Yeon's daughter Min Kyung is about to enter adolescence. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • Português (Brasil)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 9, 2013
  • Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 237 users)
  • Ranked: #8107
  • Popularity: #10702
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Jun 26, 2022
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Dysfunctional family to touch. True to life. Rough. Surprisingly on a positive note though

"Boomerang Family" refers to the term 'boomerang kids': adults who for pragmatic reasons move back in with their parents - mostly for financial reasons, because of unemployment or because of divorce. The protagonists of this KMovie are the mother, her three adult children and her granddaughter. Together they form the boomerang family.

In South Korea, family is the greatest good. Family is omnipresent and gets involved everywhere. This does not mean, however, that family is therefore only associated with happiness, love and warmth. On the contrary. There's a lot of pain associated with it. Much is and remains unsaid. Punches are often included as well.

That's what "Boomerang Family" is about - the dysfunctional aspects of a simple family. Strife and rivalry and fights. Envy and inferiority. Pride. Yet also moments of happiness. Eventually not being seen. Yet, being seen, too. Unspoken truths that will sooner or later be told anyway. Very private, often rough, unsightly, even downright repulsive manners in everyday interactions in the smallest of spaces, which we actually (if at all) only share in the closest, most intimate circle. E.g. in family, that takes you as you are. (Inevitably.) (Out of habit.) (Because one is just so familiar due to the proximity in time and space that one has shared.) (Out of love?)

The bottom line in "Boomerang Family" is love, which, in its most screwed up way, slumbers and lurks somewhere behind the curtain of mostly ugly, all too familiar patterns of everyday, long-established, well-established manners. Strangely enough, it is simply there.

In the world of the protagonists that curtain is rather shabby. Life is simple. The language rough. Proximity is created through shouting, scrambles and fights. Community can be experienced through shared meals, though. Those meals structure family life and become a connecting, binding medium. The common meal is the place of communication and encounter under largely regulated, peaceful conditions. Everything before and after, however, can quickly (almost certainly) get out of hand.

A special aspect for South Korean conditions, where the direct bloodline is still enormously important: Over time, it becomes clear that the protagonist family is actually a rather progressive variant of a patchwork family. Because of that fact, at first glance all seems to be in question. Nevertheless, this realization cannot erase the lived experience as a "family". The simple, unnamed, tangible, rustic, crude 'love' between siblings that is celebrated with this movie, is not in the genes, but has grown out of shared experiences. In this message lies the magic of this otherwise rather brittle, sometimes dark story. Eventually the heaviness is balanced here and there with a breeze of quite idiosyncratic humor.

Everyone in the family has their own stories and small, medium or big tragedies that bring them back together under one roof. A dysfunctional family to touch, true to life, authentic, in all obscenity. As a spectator, you are brought up close, sometimes closer than you might like. Heaviness and pessimism may want to impose themselves in the course of events, but they ultimately fail to determine the emotional space. You wouldn´t believe it, but the story ends on a consistently positive note.

The KMovie is a film adaptation of a novel. It could also be a theatrical performance. It touches, repels, shamelessly places the ugly next to moments of happiness. Who actually is to judge life? What is good? What is beautiful? What is valuable? What is happiness? Ultimately, all protagonists feel (not only, but ALSO) valuable and happy in their affiliation. So what are the criteria for evaluating the quality of life? "Boomerang Familie" chooses a very idiosyncratic, but ultimately soothing perspective - beyond lifestyle, image, aesthetics or monetary wealth.

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Apr 7, 2014
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
One of the reason why I believe I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would was because I can relate to it.

I'm already heading in my mid-twenties, and in my family, you're either married with kids or have a career already--they're old fashion. I'm currently still in school and live at home. When you're little, you dream of moving out and living your life independently after 18; however, shit happens and sometimes you have to move back in with your parent(s). Though if you have a loving and supportive family, the biological clock is not a factor. This is what this movie is about: being a family.

In this movie there are three middle-aged siblings that have resorted to living back with their widower mother due to stuff that happens in real life.

The eldest career failed and so did his marriage. The middle sibling has had a history of being in and out of jail. The youngest divorced again.

This was a great movie about siblings that grew apart and even resented one another after they moved away from their home and reconnected when they moved back in with their mother and discovered much more about one another (and their mother) that ultimately all those aspects helps each one of them grow better as a person.

I thought the plot was solid; I never felt that it dragged or had unnecessary scenes. All actors played a fantastic job.

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  • Movie: Boomerang Family
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: May 9, 2013
  • Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 237 users)
  • Ranked: #8107
  • Popularity: #10702
  • Watchers: 636

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