Another Child / 미성년 [Miseongnyeon] (2019)
Director: Kim Yoon-seok
Writer: Lee Bo-ram, Kim Yoon-seok
Cast: Kim Hye-jun, Yeom Jung-a, Park Se-jin, Kim So-jin, Kim Yoon-seok
The next screening of this film is Saturday, July 20.
An affair between the single mother of one classmate, Yoona (Park Se-jin), and the father of another classmate, Joo-ri (Kim Hye-jun), brings conflict between the classmates. As if that wasn’t complicated enough Yoona’s mother is also pregnant. Then Joo-ri’s mother finds out about her husband’s affair and pregnancy.
A setup that is ripe for melodrama and histrionics is told with nuance and grounded realism. The drama remains compelling with characters dealing with the situation in their own ways. The high school classmates have the bulk of the screen time and show both maturity and vulnerability. The story also gives enough time to the adults who are far from all knowing and in some ways act more immature than their own kids. This is mostly a serious movie but there are also a few moments of well placed humor.
The acting is great across the board from the young female classmates to the adult parents. The young actresses who play classmates are particularly noteworthy. Their interactions both good and bad, feel genuine and real. The time they share together during the ending is one of both melancholy but also warmth. It was a touching conclusion.
Cinematography is also quite good, very naturalistic. Despite the rather depressing subject matter, the color palette of the movie is not grey and dull.
This gets a definite recommended watch for those who want to see a realistic, grounded drama.
Watched in the theater at Fantasia festival