In Between Days

“As the title suggests, the terrain of So Yong Kim's In Between Days-the best film in (Sundance's) dramatic competition-is the ghost world of teenage alienation. The coming-of-age mopefest is a Sundance staple, but the first-time Korean American director's watchful, intelligent minimalism modestly reanimates the genre. Recently arrived from Korea, Aimie (a wonderfully ingenuous performance by Jiseon Kim) lives with her single mother in a bleak Toronto housing block, sending video diaries to the father who left them, unsure of how to handle a growing crush on her best friend. It's a portrait of a friendship under subliminal stress, and a study of the daily trials of assimilation. Painful, funny, unsentimental, perfectly measured in its ambiguities, it's exemplary low-budget filmmaking, the rare DV movie with an assured visual style and a strong sense of place, moving between the claustrophobic sanctuary of a teenager's pink bedroom and evocative in-between spaces like bus shelters and highway overpasses.”

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