2020 (PG-13) 115 min. Korea/USA/some subtitles
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Cho, Yuh-Jung Youn, Will Patton
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, MINARI follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, MINARI shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Overflowing with love, passion, truth and featuring impressive cinematography, strong writing, and an incredible ensemble, the film tells a powerfully relatable story about family, sacrifice, resilience, and the beauty of small and unexpected victories. MINARI is one of the must-see films of 2021.
“What makes this more than just another formulaic feelgood film is the grit with which Chung evokes the hardscrabble lives of his characters, balancing the dreamier elements of the drama with a naturalism that keeps it rooted in reality.” – Mark Kermode, OBSERVER (UK)
“A rare film about assimilation that can be equally cherished by both poles of the American political landscape. And everybody in between.” – Tara Brady, IRISH TIMES
“MINARI is a story of the American Dream. But Chung’s brilliance is in how he adds depth and complexity to those foundational ideas – it’s in the spaces in between that we find love, loss, hope and regret.” – Clarisse Loughrey, INDEPENDENT (UK)
“It is a work of extraordinary delicacy, poignancy and tenderness.” – Deborah Rose, THE SPECTATOR