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House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A striking debut for writer-director Kim Bora, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in one young woman's life.

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Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.

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With an easy, lingering tempo and stunning frames shot through with light, this South Korean drama leaves the viewer with a sense of contemplative midsummer lassitude.

August 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This slow-moving but exquisitely drawn character study and coming-of-age story, which has picked up several awards at film festivals around the world, takes its time getting where it's going, but the cumulative impact of the journey is powerful.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sensitive and lived-in and strong in ways that a more forceful version of this story could never have been, Bora's debut sketches a portrait of a girl coming into her own strength.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A thoughtful and engrossing take on a familiar theme that is boosted immeasurably by the contributions of writer/director Bora Kim and young lead actress Ji-hu Park.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to put something like life onscreen, and harder still to make us care.

June 24, 2020 | Full Review…

"House of Hummingbird" doesn't leave the most powerful emotional mark. Still, it lands on a poignant aftertaste through Kim's serene attentiveness to the rhythms and details of everyday life...

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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