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Microhabitat

JEON Go-woon

  • Korea
  • 2017
  • 106min
  • DCP
  • color
  • Fiction

Third year professional housekeeper Mi-so, who wishes for nothing more than a glass of whiskey a day, a puff of a cigarette, and a loving boyfriend, is in hot water. Her pay is the same, and yet the price of whiskey, cigarette, and her rent has gone up. A woman with priorities, she decides to give up on her apartment and crash at her college band members’ place. Through this process, we witness the lives of these young individuals. To make sure that the aloof Mi-so does not come across as an un-relatable character, the film realistically portrays in detail the different supporting characters and their own life stories – each and every one of them have their own ambitions and struggles. They often belittle Mi-so for living a life different from them, or fear her for rejecting societal expectations; at the same time, they find her mysterious and feel envious. There’s no reason to not find these conflicting emotions un-relatable, but the film does not thoughtlessly sympathize nor teach any one character, but rather silently supports each and every one. Mi-so is poor but like her name, is heartwarmingly hospitable and easygoing. She does not lose to life and protects what she loves. A story that starts with ‘Where should I live?’ and continues to ‘How should I live?’, it is a hearty and unique debut that asks a contemporary question about pride and self-esteem. [KIM Hyun-Min]

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Director

  • JEON Go-woonJEON Go-woon

    Film major at Konkuk University’s Department of Film and Animation 

    Filmmaking major at the School of Film, TV & Multimedia, Korea National University of Arts 

     

Credit

  • Producer김순모 KIM Soon-mo
  • Cast 이솜 LEE Som, 안재홍 AHN Jae-hong
  • Screenwriter 전고운 JEON Go-woon
  • Cinematography 김태수 KIM Tae-soo
  • Art director 김남숙 KIM Nam-sook
  • Editor 고봉곤 GO Bong-gon
  • Music 권현정 KWUN Hyun-jeong
  • Sound 박용기 PARK Yong-ki