laura’s review published on Letterboxd:
something about minari reminded me of how isolating it can be to want to take care of someone, especially when it’s tied with one clinging to their independence. jacob wants to provide & take care of his family, but there is a stubbornness that makes it difficult for his wife & kids to accept. he sees care as this big gesture – a plot of land that will give them freedom, opportunity, and hope. but he becomes so involved in that dream that his love is not received, at least not as intended.
what about care is fulfilling? to me, it’s in acts like bandaging someone up after they hurt themselves, and looking at them & telling them they are strong & good. they have already caused themselves pain, the act is already done, but you offer care by patching it up & helping them get back up.
minari balances different forms of care so thoughtfully. it shows how providing shifts as reality sets in, and how one is capable of containing different ways of showing love. it shows how kids offer care by paying attention & shouting your name to get you to turn around. it shows all of these unspoken acts, like giving someone a job, or bringing familiar foods back for your family when traveling, or adjusting to sharing a bedroom with someone.
throughout the film, these moments pulse like heartbeats. they become steady reminders to not become isolated in our love. that it’s something you should produce and share. and by the end, it’s like all those heartbeats are synchronized.
their love is planted, and something new is ready to grow.