A Smile

Dir: Park Kyung-hee



98 mins



Sang-mi Choo, Sung-ha Jo, Il-ho Lee

So-jung, a bright, young freelance photographer, is about to leave for America with her caring boyfriend Ji-seok. A crisis emerges when she learns that she is gradually losing her eyesight due to a pigmentary degeneration of the retina. Although she knows that she cannot face this catastrophe by herself, she leaves Ji-seok.

After a long time of anguish, she decides to give up her photography and devote herself to learning to fly a light aircraft. Why does she turn away from her family and her lover when she needs them the most? What does a true life mean to her? A Smile describes this disparity and her crisis over the incurable disease with humour, affection and sincerity. The film presents a new direction in realism for the Korean cinema and it heralds the arrival of a talented new woman director.

I Myung-hee

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