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The Way Home(집으로...)

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Korea · 2002
Rated PG · 1h 26m
Director Lee Jeong-hyang
Starring Kim Eul-boon, Yoo Seung-ho, Dong Hyo-hee, Min Kyung-Hyun
Genre Drama, Family

Born and raised in the big city, 7-year-old Sang-woo heads to the countryside for the first time. Spending the summer with his mute grandmother, he's initially bored and annoyed -- but as he adjusts to life in the rural village, he learns to appreciate the simple life.

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The New York Times by Dana Stevens

The story, touching though it is, does not quite have enough emotional resonance or variety of incident to sustain a feature, and even at 85 minutes it feels a bit long. The premise, too, is a little thin.


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

The plot of the picture is familiar, but it's realized with such delicacy and affection for the characters that it seems as fresh and warm as its verdant setting.


Portland Oregonian by Kim Morgan

There are many merits to the picture -- it's wonderfully shot and boasts a beautiful performance by Eul-Boom, who acts in gestures of subtle dignity and compassion. But it's questionable how we're to take actor Seung-Ho.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

If you ever doubted the power and scope of silent film, watch The Way Home. The narrative arc is as broad as any chattering feature, the emotional depth is greater than most, and it's all achieved with virtually no dialogue.

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