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House of Hummingbird

House of Hummingbird is about 14-year-old Eunhee. In 1994, when Seongsu Bridge collapsed, Eunhee lives with her parents and older siblings in Daechidong. Her family doesn’t seem to be particularly caring, and Eunhee and her best friend Jisook go on shoplifting sprees and frequent a famous karaoke bar that all juvenile delinquents go to. She dates a boy from a neighboring school, as well as a girl from her school, floating about on a ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States F
Elizabeth Kerr
The Hollywood Reporter
"A warm, complex and hopeful slice of teen life (...) Sensitive, keenly observed and unflinchingly honest"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"A delicate portrait of a girl coming into consciousness (...) Kim discreetly balances the personal and the social"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Tomris Laffly
"A touch overlong, 'House of Hummingbird' doesn’t leave the most powerful emotional mark. Still, it lands on a poignant aftertaste through Kim’s serene attentiveness to the rhythms and details of everyday life"  NEU
CanadaCanada M
Pierce Conran
Screen Anarchy
"A subtle exploration of local family and societal pressures (...) Beyond its ideas, bold structure and strong casting, the film is also notable for its beautiful construction."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"Sensitive and lived-in and strong in ways that a more forceful version of this story could never have been"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Hoai-Tran Bui
"A sublime coming-of-age movie that lingers on the mind and heart"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Sobczynski
"A thoughtful and engrossing take on a familiar theme that is boosted immeasurably by the contributions of writer/director Bora Kim and young lead actress Ji-hu Park (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jake Cole
"he film is never more intense than when it’s finding parallels between its main character’s anomie and Korea’s dehumanizing expansion (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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