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The Return
 
Director_ Malene CHOI JENSEN
 
Denmark, Korea 2018 84min DCP color feature Fiction
Overview

"Two Danish-Korean adoptees visit their Motherland for the first time and are confronted with their own identity struggles.
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Review

Karoline and Thomas are adopted. They finally come to Korea to find their birth mothers in their 30s. They spend time of unfamiliarity and the past in Korea. Adoptees gathered in the guesthouse, share their memories and incidents through the conversation. Korea is not the place to find mothers right now. Their experiences and stories are all different. Someone became subject to racism, another feels disappointed to be told by European parents that he didn´t look like a Korean. By the way, the awkward and unfamiliar feeling is the same as it was in Europe. The people in the guesthouse look special to each other ,suddenly, even their fellowship is also strange. The film comes into the audience´s hearts as if it muses over the time, sometimes putting the irritating feeling of reality forward. That feeling imbues the style and mood of this film. [LEE Sang-yong]

CREDIT
  • DirectorMalene CHOI JENSEN
  • ScreenplaySissel DALSGAARD THOMSEN
  • ProducerJulie FRIIS WALENCIAK, Julie RIX BOMHOLT, Katja ADOMEIT
  • CinematographyCatherine PATTINAMA COLEMAN
  • Art DirectorN/A
  • EditorJulius KREBS DAMSBO
  • SoundAnne GRY FRIIS KRISTENSEN, Kevin KOCH, Thomas JÆGER, Kristoffer SALTING
  • MusicPhilip Nicolai FLINDT
CastKaroline Sofie LEE, Thomas HWAN, SEONG In-ja
DIRECTOR
Malene CHOI JENSEN
 
Born in 1973. She graduated from the National Film School of Denmark’s documentary programme in 2005. Her short films, ''Essay''(2000), ''Inshallah''(2005), ''Voice over Voice''(2008), Dyret(2012) have been selected many international film festivals including Hot Docs, Goteborg Film Festival, Nordic Panorama and Venice International Short Film Festival. The Return is her feature debut.
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