Grandmother's Flower

At the behest of his mother, director Mun Jeong-hyun hesitantly embarks upon a documentary for and about his ailing grandmother, Soon-rae, a sort of family memento to complete before she passes away. What he gets, however, is much more than he bargained for. In Grandmother's Flower, Mun takes viewers into a labyrinthine tale that confronts issues of regional discrimination, colonial oppression, and personal tragedy. To better grasp his grandmother's life, Mun revisits her hometown in South Jeollo Province, and discovers that she is the key figure in a story that includes a neurotic granduncle traumatized by a run-in with the police, another granduncle allegedly shot by a close acquaintance, and uncles displaced in Japan who harbor resentment for a coldhearted communist father. Through Mun's meticulous investigation, it becomes painfully clear that victimization exists on various levels, and that the repercussions of Japanese occupation and the Korean War continue to this day.

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