The House of Us


One for fans of the family dramas of Hirokazu Kore-eda: in The House of Us director Ga-eun Yoon proves herself one of the world’s finest filmmakers at capturing contemporary childhood onscreen.

Dir-Scr Ga-eun Yoon
Prod Ji-hye Kim
With Na-yeon Kim, Sia Kim, Ye-lim Joo
South Korea
Sales Finecut
With English subtitles

It’s the summer holidays in the city and young Hana is trying to get her warring parents to reunite. But she’s distracted from her quest one day by a couple of younger girls, nine-year-old Yoomi and seven-year-old Yoojin. As she swiftly becomes an older-sister figure to the pair, the trio’s recess becomes one of imagination and adventure – from playing tricks on the landlady to going on a seaside reconnaissance – that leads to the bittersweet glimmerings of maturity. In her follow-up to the much-loved The World of Us, Ga-eun Yoon continues to draw astonishing performances from young actors and performs the cinematic magic trick of immersing us in children’s perspective while allowing us to bring adult understanding to their experience. This is rich, joyous, heart-swelling cinema.

Kate Taylor