"Great" performances by very young children in movies are rare, but there are two tiny jewels at the heart of the Korean melodrama
, So Yong Kim (
In Between Days
) has crafted an intimate fable about two sisters (Hee-yeon Kim, Song-hee Kim) pretty much abandoned by their mother, left with an aunt with no nurturing skills while mom goes off to find their no-good dad.
They travel from Seoul to Auntie's small town and onward to the countryside, always fending for themselves no matter which adult is assigned to look after them. It's a touching but somewhat generic story rendered novel by its Korean setting.
Kim keeps her camera close to the kids and lets their faces tell the story, making this a subtitled film in which reading the subtitles isn't all that important. The pace is slow but the bullied, ignored and resourceful moppets make this a tender tale well worth watching.