COMING HOME AGAIN

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Virtual Screening Room Fri, Oct 23
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Virtual Film Category:New Release Films
Series Info
Series:New Release Films
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:86 minutes
Director:Wayne Wang
Year Released:2020
Production Country:USA
South Korea
Language:Korean

Description

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival

"Defiantly in contrast to Hollywood's typical over-sentimental fare." —Variety

"A profound experience, and by the end, we feel at home, ourselves, and transported by the visit."Hammer to Nail

"Sensitively observed." —rogerebert.com

Acclaimed director Wayne Wang's (The Joy Luck Club, Chan is Missing) moving new film is an emotional, intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. In this adaptation of a personal essay by award-winning Korean-American writer Chang-rae Lee that was published in the New Yorker, a young man (also named Chang-raw) returns to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. Wanting nothing more than to fulfill his role as the supportive son, he must come to terms with his own conflicted emotions.

The film takes place over the course of one full day during which Chang-rae attempts to prepare a traditional Korean New Year's Eve dinner, like the one his mother always cooked for the family. The care and precision that goes into preparing this meal gives him time to reflect on the intense relationship between them. Memories become a doorway into a woman who was so much more than the mother he thought he knew. Now, Chang-raw is faced with the dilemma of living with the permanent scars of unresolved family sacrifice, or the risk of opening new wounds as cancer shadows their lives.

While acknowledging the influences of iconic filmmakers Yasujiro Ozu, Chantal Akerman and Michael Haneke, Coming Home Again is all Wayne Wang, who continues to authentically pioneer exploring lives of Asian-Americans on screen, and the roles of women today.

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