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  • Summary: When their mother needs to leave in order to find their estranged father, seven year-old Jin and her younger sister, Bin, are left to live with their Big Aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their mother's promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. Counting the days, and the coins, the two bright-eyed young girls eagerly anticipate their mother's homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, Big Aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparents' farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds. (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    A minimalist masterpiece.
  2. In the end, this melancholy, inspiriting movie achieves a breathtaking emotional harmoniousness.
  3. 90
    Treeless Mountain is skillfully unsentimental--because of, but also despite, the presence of two irresistible, unself-conscious performers in virtually every scene.
  4. It's in this final chapter that the director states his message, which is handled so lightly, almost incidentally, you might miss it. But it's a profound one. For what the girls learn is that the way to get what they want -- no, need -- isn't by hoarding something, but by letting go.
  5. 75
    With Treeless Mountain, Kim establishes herself as a first-class filmmaker.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kerr
    70
    Without wallowing in sentimentality or judging any of her characters, Kim has drawn a mature portrait of an elementary school girl old before her time and a loss of childhood that rings true on every level.
  7. The problem is that while the children are lovely because they are children, there is nothing inherently interesting about them or their lives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PabloL
    Mar 29, 2010
    8
    Why do critics think that something must happen for a film to be good? This is a wonderful film, the action is on the faces and understanding of the two little girls, the message is almost Zen in its minimalism. Expand
  2. KevinV
    Oct 28, 2009
    6
    Treeless Mountain is a quietly adorable little movie in which nothing much happens. It's filmed from the perspective of two little girls whose mother has left them, and I found the portrayal quite convincing. The film bogs down towards the end, but the situation, acting, and cinematography were compelling enough to carry through the whole movie. Collapse
  3. RonG
    Jan 2, 2010
    5
    Great acting but doesn't gp anywhere.

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