The Recorder Exam

The Recorder Exam ★★★★½

Watching Eun-hee desperately keep pace with her dad during their morning jog, in the hopes that he'll talk to her about getting a new recorder, is enormously devastating. She's unable to bring up the subject herself, sans the social sophistication of someone older, and his own preoccupation with financial precarity entails his neglect of the immediate struggles of his children; temperaments, familial and otherwise, are brutalized at the same scale that material conditions are brutalized, obstructing any potential for the expression of love.

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