The Recorder Exam

The Recorder Exam ★★★★★

it leaves me in awe every time a film with a plot as simple as this have the ability to pull so much emotion from me. sometimes the complicated, dramatic narratives aren’t what triggers the most sensitive parts of ourselves because these days something as simple as the questions “by the way, your mom knocks?” or “mom... do you think i’m pretty?” are enough to make my eyes well up in tears. for only a 27 minute film, kim bo ra makes use of all the silent looks and tender moments feel both gratifying and helpless. a recorder exam may feel futile in the grand scheme of things but i think that childlike innocence is what makes this so universally true: that almost everything we do in one way or another is just a way for us to gain love and acceptance.

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