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Parents' Guide to

The World of Us

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gentle Korean friendship story doesn't offer any answers.

Movie NR 2016 95 minutes
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This quiet, thoughtful debut from Korean writer-director Ga-eun Yoon is a bittersweet, mature look at friendship that doesn't provide answers but invites viewers to think a lot about friendship. The World of Us is very complicated and hard to understand. What is friendship? How do you make friends? What makes a good friend? Yoon very gently asks us to examine these complicated questions through simple but elegant storytelling and the remarkable performances she gets from her young actors.

But as much of the story is told by what's not said, or what's not seen, as it is by what the characters do say. A lot of information is conveyed in quiet, in-between moments, and by reaction shots and looks exchanged between characters. Even though there's very little content of concern for big kids and up, the high degree of subtlety, advanced and quick reading skills needed for the subtitles, and open ending with no conclusion make it best for tweens and up.

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