A master of intensely emotional human dramas, director Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) is a leading light of contemporary Korean cinema, and his place on the international stage was cemented by this stirring and unpredictable work examining grief and deliverance. An effortless mix of light and uncompromising darkness, SECRET SUNSHINE (Miryang) stars Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid) as a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband's provincial hometown for a fresh start. Quietly expressive, supple filmmaking and sublime, subtle performances distinguish this remarkable portrayal of the search for grace amid tragedy.
Jeon Do-yeon,Kim Yeong-jae,Song Kang-ho,Jo Yeong-jin,Seon Jeong-Yeob
A young widow (Jeon Do-yeon, whose wrenching performance won the award for Best Actress at Cannes) moves with her son to the small city where her late husband grew up. She settles in, trying to make friends among the suspicious locals, but attracting only the unwelcome attention of a shambling mechanic (The Host's Song Kang-ho). And then, out of nowhere, something terrible happens, and she finds herself struggling to make sense of it all.