Minari

Minari ★★★★

From the buzz out of Sundance, I had braced myself for one of those painfully earnest indies that collect raves but leave me relatively cold (e.g. Driveways). But this has a beauty and toughness that surprised me, and a specificity of time and place that feels novelistic. The marriage at its center is seriously troubled, and the notion of farming in the middle of Arkansas puts this family on the precipice of disaster in more ways than one. And yet it's still a lovely, heartfelt assimilation story.