Subrosa portrays the short trip of a woman who was adopted from Korea who comes back to search for a mother whose face she cannot even remember.
The image of her mother/motherland which is symbolized in her imagination as a flower, but reality is a shabby inn in Seoul and the brilliant yet bleak neon sea that is the downtown entertainment district. And she is shaken by the desolate cityscape of Dongducheon where she was conceived. She hears that her mother might be working in a market in Seoul and goes to the flower market, but she cannot get over the unfamiliarity.
Subrosa examines the desire for lost maternal love and the question of cultural identity, and looks through the eyes of a woman adoptee standing on the boundary line of her motherland and her adopted land; an adoptee whom patriarchal Korean society exiled, who looks the complex scenery that the neo-colonial capitalist nation of South Korea is making. The rough and shaking images taken with a digital camera communicate effectively the unfamiliar city scenes seen through this stranger\'s eyes and the emotional atmosphere that it creates. (Kwon Eun-Sun)
Helen LEEHelen LEE
Born in 1965, Seoul and immigrated to Canada. She graduated from Toronto University Dept. of Films and English Literature and New York Graduated School Dept. of Films. She became up and coming Korean Canadian woman director with her shorts such as Sally’s Beauty Spot (1990), Prey (1994), Subrosa (2000) at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival being screened. She made The Arts of Woo (2001) as her feature debut. She works at Film/Video distribution company, DEC and lectured at Ontario College of Art and Design.