LKFF: The Return

Showing as part of London Korean Film Festival

The Return

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Karoline (Karoline Sofie Lee) visits South Korea for the first time since her adoption by a Danish family as a baby. Whilst staying in a guesthouse in Seoul she meets other adoptees from Europe and the US who are there on a similar quest - to search for their birth families. This powerful film blurs fact and fiction, featuring both scripted and documentary elements and drawing from director Malene Choi Jensen’s own experience as an adoptee (and featuring two other lead actors who are also adoptees). The power of the film lies in the fact that many of Karoline’s encounters and interactions in the guesthouse are captured for real. We are allowed to follow the emotional journey of the characters up-close, witnessing their everyday reality interspersed with carefully dramatised situations.

Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival’s touring programme.

Director
Malene Choi
Country
South Korea
Year
2018
Duration
84 mins
Language
Korean
Cast
Karoline Sofie Lee, Seong In-ja, Thomas Hwan

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