The Recorder Exam

The Recorder Exam

oh this was so good. it tugged at my heart so much. eunhee just wants a hug why won't anyone give her a hug 😭 😭 😭 but fr this was beautifully made. every part of this is understated and subdued, including the brief somber moments of piano for an otherwise quiet movie, and it works exquisitely. the few lines of dialogue that are spoken hit harder given how emotional all of eunhee's quiet actions are in response. the camera was noticeably deliberate in this regard as well because the shots were repeatedly pointed upwards or framed with eunhee not being the main focus. the exam was (expectedly) the catharsis for all the tension built up, but i think it is quite noteworthy how the family was treated. the loving moments that shine through make it clear how eunhee's neglect is a function of the family's poverty primary, as others have pointed out regarding the 1988 olympics reference, which also functions as a broader allegory for south korea at the time. extremely thoughtful and heartfelt short, i really liked this one.

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