Home Truths season: My Mother and her Guest

The final screening in the current Home Truths season is Shin Sang-ok’s classic weepie My Mother and her Guest. We loved it when it screened at the LKFF twelve years ago.

My Mother and her Guest (사랑방 손님과 어머니)

Director: Shin Sang-ok (1961, 102mins)
Cast: Choi Eun-hee, Jeon Young-sun, Kim Jin-gyu, Han Eun-jin, Do Kum-bong
Thursday 20 June 2019 7pm @KCCUK | Reserve your seat

Mother and her Guest

Precocious Ok-hee lives in a household of widowed women: her mother (played by one of 50s’ and 60s’ Korea’s biggest stars, Choi Eun-hee), grandmother and their housekeeper. When a charming friend of her late father arrives at the house as a guest, six-year-old Ok-hee casts her affections toward him, seeing him as the paternal influence sorely absent from her life at home. She quickly takes it upon herself to play cupid between the man and her mother. Featuring touching displays of cinematic yearning, My Mother and her Guest reflects on the societal expectations of female fidelity and desire across the divides of generation.

Directed by Shin Sang-ok, one of the most prolific and respected figures of the Golden Age of South Korean Cinema, the film’s use of black-and-white cinematography purposefully contrasts the vast, open spaces and wider shots of the exterior with the smaller, restricted areas and tighter shots within the hanok, where emotions and desires heighten and simmer.

Introduced by Federica Fausto

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