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Return to Seoul Unclassified 15+
Retour à Sèoul

Language: English, French, Korean with English subtitles
Genre: Coming of Age , Drama

An adopted young French woman journeys back and forth over several years to connect with her Korean roots – but she’s not sure what she’s looking for.

Freddie has lived in France all her life, having been adopted from South Korea when she was a baby. Now 25, she unexpectedly finds herself in Seoul for the first time and, on impulse, decides to contact the agency that handled her adoption. The trip proves turbulent, pushing and pulling Frankie between extreme feelings and behaviours and, over subsequent visits, between satisfying and disappointing encounters with her birth parents. All the while, she struggles with a culture she knows almost nothing about, and with an uneasy acceptance of herself.

The second fiction feature from French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou (Diamond Island, MIFF 2016; Golden Slumbers, MIFF 2011), which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, is a compelling character portrait of a fascinating woman in the midst of a difficult-to-resolve identity crisis. Refusing to take the easy road for his protagonist, Chou imbues each of the film’s separate acts with its own deftly arresting visual style – each mirroring the changes, for better or worse, that Freddie is experiencing – while newcomer Ji-Min Park shines in a fearless and magnetic performance.

“Not a tale of harmonious endings, but an exploration of a character trying to come to terms with her past.” – Deadline

Tickets

Sat 06 Aug 6:15 pm [15111]
Return to Seoul (115 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Sat 13 Aug 4:00 pm [17471]
Return to Seoul (115 mins)
Hoyts 3
Wheelchair Access

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Key Cast
Guka Han, Ji-Min Park, Kim Sun-young, Oh Kwang-rok, Yoann Zimmer
Director
Davy Chou
Producers
Davy Chou, Katia Khazak, Min-Ho Ha, Steve Chen
Screenwriter
Davy Chou
Cinematographer
Thomas Favel
Composers
Christophe Musset, Jèrèmie Arcache
Editor
Dounia Sichov
Costume Designers
Choong-Yun Yi, Claire Dubien
Production Designers
Bo-Kyung Sin, Chi-youl Choi
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

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