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Treeless Mountain (2008)

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In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.

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Credited cast:
Chae Gil Byung ...
Pedestrian in City
Jung Gil Ja ...
Minoo's Mom
Shin Hyun Je ...
Bus Driver
Kim Mi Jung ...
Hyun's Mom
Hee-yeon Kim ...
Jin
Mi-hyang Kim ...
Song-hee Kim ...
Bin
Soo-ah Lee ...
Mom
Sung Sook Lee ...
Stall Lady
Lee Hyun Seo ...
Hyun
Park Boon Tak ...
Grandma
Lee Kang Won ...
Neighbor Lady
Ha Min Woo ...
Minoo
Kim Il Woo ...
Man with Cellphone
Lee Byung Yong ...
Grandpa
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What is the nature of childhood resilience? Sisters Jin and Bin, ages 6 and 3, live with their mother. Jin likes school and does well. One day, their mother leaves the girls with their father's sister, a woman they do not know. The mother seeks a reconciliation with their father. She leaves them a plastic piggy bank, promising to return when the bank is full. The girls scrub and clean for their aunt, a tippler who's often cranky and complaining. She gives them a few coins for their work. They earn more money catching, grilling, and selling grasshoppers. They miss their mother. The bank fills. They watch for her from a mound of dirt. Will she return? Will stoic faces give way to a smile? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$5,014 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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$60,023 (USA) (18 September 2009)
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Lives unblessed
18 February 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the first duty of a parent is to make their children believe that their lives are blessed, until they're old enough to deal with the fact that they are not. 'Treeless Mountain' may be slight, but it's pregnant with the horror implicit in its story of two young children abandoned by their mother. Director So Yong-Kim gets some beautiful performances from his very young cast (especially Hee-yeon Kim, who plays the older girl), there's a touch of eastern exoticism for the western audience (grasshoppers for dinner, anyone?), a treatment of poverty both sensitive and realistic, and in the end, a gleam of hope through the pain.


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