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Microhabitat (2017)

So-gong-nyeo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 March 2018 (South Korea)
Whiskey and cigarettes, the only ways of keeping her dignity in this city.

Director:

Go-Woon Jeon

Writer:

Go-Woon Jeon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Esom ... Mi-so (as Som E.)
Jae-hong Ahn Jae-hong Ahn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duk-moon Choi Duk-moon Choi
Jae-Hyun Choi Jae-Hyun Choi ... Hyeon-jeong's husband
Jin-ah Kang Jin-ah Kang
Gook-hee Kim Gook-hee Kim ... Hyeon-jeong (as Kim Gook-hee)
Ye-eun Kim Ye-eun Kim
Sung-Wook Lee Sung-Wook Lee ... Dae-Yong
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This film is about a young woman who suffered a deep depression, the only way to deal with it is binge drinking and chain smoking. But when the Korean government raised the prices of cigarettes so high that she simply couldn't afford the price hikes, she decided to give up her house and used the money to keep buying cigarettes and liquor. By losing her house, she thought she could ask her friends one by one to sleep in their own rooms in turns. But her wishful thinking would be a tough test between her and her friends. When reality became a daily difficulty to deal with regularly, there might no friendship can survive or, vice versa? Written by BasicLogic

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 March 2018 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Microhabitat See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,025
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Well observed and beautiful
23 March 2019 | by roland-169See all my reviews

I think this film can be compared with 'Roma'. Its not so much the telling of a story - but there is a story - as a well crafted observation of life. Through the eyes of the main protagonist, Mi-So, we see how a group of friends from University, have both moved on it their lives but yet are imprisoned in and by their new existences. Mi-So makes the decision to give up her tiny apartment and sofa surf at the homes of each her friends and so giving her and us a chance to see into her friends' lives. Each friend is trapped in some way by their life's circumstance - marriages, separations, in-laws, dull jobs, moving back home to live with parents etc. They have all moved on but none have found freedom or real fulfillment. In the end even Mi-So's boyfriend gives up on his dream of being a comic book creator and takes a job off in the Middle East. Mi-So herself either chooses not to move on or cannot and remains somehow true to terms of her own existence. This film is moving, compassionate and joy to watch. If you loved Roma I think you will love this. If you loved Tokyo Story you will love this. A classic


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