This movie was hard to watch sometimes. Not because it was bad but because it was so damn realistic. Being a teenager can blow and being an immigrant teenager must really really blow. How's that for brilliant commentary? I hope that my pulled quote is used on the DVD box when it comes out.
Anyway, the movie is about a young Korean immigrant girl, Aimie. She's mean to her mom, is a terrible student, and is all around confused. Most of the movie is about her on-again, off-again desire to be more than friends with her friend Tran. The lack of communication between the two is what makes things really awkward.
More than anything, the film is about loneliness. Like the recent Tony Takitani, I can't think of two better recent films on the subject. Not that this is a complete downer or anything though. There are plenty of nice slice-of-life teenage moments and I found all of the characters and scenarios very interesting. The scene where Aimie goes to sing karaoke by herself broke my heart. This would be a great double feature with one of my favorite films of the past few years - Blue Gate Crossing.
Directed by So Yong Kim
2005, Year of U.S. Release: 2007
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