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Secret Sunshine


Directed by Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, 2007


Shin-ae moves to her recently late husband’s hometown. Despite her efforts to settle in this unfamiliar and too-normal place, she finds that she can’t fit in. After a sudden tragedy, Shin-ae turns to Christianity to relieve her pain, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.

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Secret Sunshine Directed by Lee Chang-dong
The effect of this depiction of a mother’s worst fear realized is no less powerful for being, formally speaking, quite demonstratively restrained.
May 27, 2016
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This 2007 feature by Lee Chang-dong (Oasis) begins as a quiet drama about mourning but grows steadily darker and more complicated, its unpredictable plot touching on religious fanaticism, mental illness, and even murder.
January 01, 2013
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A film of subtle rhythms and an almost novelistic attention to experiential detail.
June 17, 2012
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