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Treeless Mountain2008

  • 4.1
  • passes the bechdel test
When their mother needs to leave in order to find their estranged father, seven year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin are left to live with their Big Aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their mother's promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. Counting the days, and the coins, the two bright-eyed young girls eagerly anticipate their mother's homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, Big Aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparents' farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds in this beautiful, meditative and thought-provoking second feature from So Yong Kim, the acclaimed director of IN BETWEEN DAYS.

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"...for those who are patient and open and willing to embrace [So Yong] Kim's quiet, unforced rhythms, it will take your breath away." - Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail


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To truly see through the eyes of children, is a rare opportunity, that we are given in this film. A priviledged look inside the dynamics of young siblings. That can be a facinating and scarey place. This film embedds us in it. The desolation and betrayal of "abandonment"are perfectly expressed , as well as the children's vulnerability, resiliance, and rebirth in response to the love that they finally find.

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To truly see through the eyes of children, is a rare opportunity, that we are given in this film. A priviledged look inside the dynamics of young siblings. That can be a facinating and scarey place. This film embedds us in it. The desolation and betrayal of "abandonment"are perfectly expressed , as well as the children's vulnerability, resiliance, and rebirth in response to the love that they finally find.

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Totally depressing, I really enjoyed it. The scene where the little girls exchange all their money for pennies really brought back memories-I did the same thing when i was 5, so I would have "more money". Except I had parents. I remember them laughing about it at the time. They should've stopped me, it was stupid carrying around all those pennies, but at least I had parents, unlike these pathetic tykes.

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totally beautiful wonderful film_the kids are both amazing and always wonderful_Jin is beautiful such a gem_i guess it's a sad story but it's more of an astonishing amazing one

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A real gem of a movie about two young and essentially parent-less children and their efforts to once again be united with their mother.

The acting skills of the kids in the movie are astonishing.

Bittersweet, with a cast of adorable children - including 2 who play the lead as sisters trying to cope with living with different relatives.

Love it! Nice mood, sad at times. I keep finding myself wondering how do they get these talented kid actors and how life during shooting was. These girls did an amazing job.

Two thumbs up