When their mother leaves in order to find their estranged father, 7-year-old Jin and her younger sister, Bin, are left to live with their Big Aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their mother's promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. The 2 bright-eyed young girls eagerly anticipate their mother's homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, Big Aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparents' farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds and self-reliance in this beautiful second feature from So Yong Kim.
Kim Hee Yeon,Kim Song Hee,Kim Mi-hyang,Lee Soo Ah,Boon Tak Park
So Yong Kim's beautiful and poetic feature film about two sisters in Seoul, Korea who naturally adapt to seemingly drastic changes in their lives as their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father. In the role of the sisters, Hee Yeon Kim and Song Hee Kim, ages 7 and 5, respectively, give heart-rending performances that evoke emotion well beyond their years. A follow-up to Kim's critically acclaimed IN BETWEEN DAYS (Sundance Jury Prize, 2006), TREELESS MOUNTAIN unfolds this very personal story through the youthful eyes of its two main characters.