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Movie Review: Little Forest

This South Korean drama about a young woman who moves to the countryside from the city is a feel-good foodie flick about the simpler pleasures in life

By Paige Lim  /  Contributing reporter

Kim Tae-ri, who was last seen in political thriller 1987: When the Day Comes, is an absolute delight as the hardy, stubborn Hye-won determined to overcome the trials and tribulations in her life. Having a young actress carry an entire film is no mean feat, but Kim does it easily with her naturally likeable screen presence, managing to remain engaging onscreen even when she’s just shovelling snow off a driveway.

Popular actor Ryu Jun-yeol and newcomer Jin Ki-joo also deliver as her best friends, with the trio exuding winning chemistry as they squabble over jugs of milky-white makgeolli and candlelit bentos by the river.

“When things are hard, remember the scent of the sun, wind and rain,” muses Hye-won’s mother in a handwritten letter. With plenty of escapist appeal, Little Forest no doubt romanticizes the countryside as a rich, rural idyll where problems are easily solved, conveniently bypassing the share of difficulties faced by the farming community too.

Still, there’s something to be learned from the film’s humble appreciation of the simpler, tiny pleasures in life, be it staring out of a window listening to the sound of raindrops, fishing in the river bank in the dead of the night, or relishing the taste of dried persimmons in winter. It’s a much-needed reminder for all of us to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.

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