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House of Hummingbird

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

South Korean teen drama mixes insight with rebellion.

Movie NR 2020 138 minutes
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Coming-of-age tales are often more interesting to reflective adults than to the kids the same age as the lead character, and this drama falls right into that bucket. It will hopefully be refreshing for those used to standard Hollywood fare to get the perspective of a South Korean girl -- this isn't a voice that's often represented in mainstream cinematic offerings. But those unfamiliar with the cultural attitudes and historical events of 1994 Seoul may need to do some extra legwork to understand what's going on. It's worth the effort, though, for a movie that tugs at your brain.

Eun-hee's experiences include the intense social pressure of academics, a deep-seated fear of embarrassing her parents, and the impact of her community and culture prioritizing the male gender. House of Hummingbird's meandering approach may not work for all viewers: Eun-hee has a health scare, a family member dies, friends and boyfriends are unreliable, parents focus more on their kid's achievements than personal growth -- though there's plenty baked in, you might wonder where it's all going. But through her storytelling, writer-director Bora Kim lets us know that we must have patience. Her film, like life, is about the journey.

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