Minari ★★★★

Not at all surprised how much of this is directly plucked from Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood because of how quietly observant and detailed these lived-in scenes are. Intimate storytelling with characters so delicately rendered it feels pleasantly weightless sometimes; I couldn’t believe 115 minutes passed by when the credits started rolling.

Needless to say as an immigrant who moved to Los Angeles at the age of 10 this film’s insights on assimilation, culture shock, and generational divide got me feeling things. I was once that curious little boy wearing cowboy boots navigating foreign soil on my own, being pulled into three different directions living inside a multigenerational home with conflicting sets of values. Alan Kim is way cuter and a much better actor though. 


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