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In Between Days (2006)

Jiseon Kim , So Yong Kim  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jiseon Kim
  • Directors: So Yong Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VS6LY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A quiet specimen of personal storytelling at its most exciting, (Entertainment Weekly) In Between Days intimately portrays the joys and risks of first love and burgeoning adulthood with bracing and undeniable honesty. Aimie (Jiseon Kim) is a teenager recently transplanted from her native South Korea to a snowbound North American city. Disconnected from her single mother and bored at school, she struggles to find her way in a strange land of new faces, only to encounter a strange age of new feelings. Aimie s sole meaningful connection is to her best and only friend Tran (Taegu Andy Kang), a Korean boy a few steps ahead of her on the path to assimilation. But as Aimie s feelings for Tran grow in complexity and depth, her sole source of comfort and stability begins to cause her unease. On the threshold of maturity, Aimie struggles to find a place outside herself where past and future connect, and a place
within herself where love and friendship don t cancel each other out. In her thrillingly self-assured (New York Times) feature debut, director So Yong Kim uses intricately framed handheld DV photography and a naturalistic soundscape to lucidly render her non-actor cast s performances with remarkably unforced believability. (Time Out) Selected for the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, In Between Days is an extraordinary debut film that wows with subtlety. (New York Magazine)


EXQUISITE ...A thrillingly self-assured first feature. --A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

AN ASTONISHING DEBUT... Every shot, every edit, every scene feels just right. A MUST SEE! --San Francisco Chronicle

INSTANTLY COMPELLING... An intensely specific film about the universal yearnings of adolescence. --Dennis Lim, THE VILLAGE VOICE

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Aimie is a young Korean immigrant, living in Toronto with her grandmother. She has a crush on her best friend, Tran, but doesn't know how to tell him, especially when he begins to fall for someone else. He doesn't mind the idea of practicing intimacy with her in order to be more prepared when it comes to others with more experience, but she has enough pride to refuse that.

The lead performance is a brilliant piece of understated longing -- and you get the sense that the film could succeed even if it were completely silent and for the most part it is: without saying much, because she lacks confidence even in her own native tongue, Aimie conveys a longing that is as much about affection as it is about the need to have somebody to mask her own insecurity. Her gradual path towards autonomy and confidence is played with consummate and remarkable delicacy, but with an honesty that reveals each new development and discovery as clearly as if she had announced them.

The film is beautifully shot on Sony HD Cam, achieving a kind of muted vibrancy, with shades of pink and blue against white that capture both the coldness and alienation she feels in this new place as well as the vitality that still pulses in her skin. A very fine film, well worth watching for lovers of international and independent cinema who have the patience to let performances and nuance carry the story rather than explosions and melodrama. In Between Days was the 2006 Winner of the Special Jury Price for Independent Vision at the Sundance Film Festival (where I first saw and enjoyed this film) and was the 2006 Winner of FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Berlin Film Festival Forum.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and intimate April 10, 2009
While many Hollywood movies portray adolescents as either bumbling fools or self assured heroes, So Yong Kim's remarkable first feature, In Between Days allows us to see that adolescence can be a strange, disorienting place, filled with loneliness and melancholy. Winner of a special jury prize at Sundance, In Between Days is an honest and affecting coming-of-age story about a Korean immigrant girl caught in limbo between the passing of childhood and the onset of maturity. Though not autobiographical, In Between Days is a personal film for 40-year-old director So Yong Kim who grew up as a Korean immigrant in East Los Angeles.

Reminiscent of the minimalist cinema of the Dardenne Brothers and Hou Hsiao-hsien, Kim's hand-held camera and long silences create a startling sense of immediacy. The film opens with recent immigrant Aimie (Jiseon Kim), in her parka trudging through the snow in an unnamed North American city. Having moved from Korea with her single mom (Bokja Kim), Aimie attends English classes but is not fully engaged in the process. Torn between dependence on and resentment of her mother and her dreams of reuniting with her father to whom she writes or imagines poetic letters, Aimie's problems are compounded by feelings of cultural dislocation and her inability to express emotion. Her only refuge is Tran (Kaegu Andy Kang), a sweet but lethargic Korean boy who, though more assimilated than Aimie, is just as protective of his feelings.

Though Aimie tries to win him over by quitting one of her classes to be able to buy him a chain bracelet, he seems to regard her only as a friend. Much of their time is taken up with the daily banality of waiting for the bus, visits to the video arcade, eating at local fast food restaurants, and being bored.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice portrait of teenage life December 17, 2007
Although this is a film about an immigrant -- a Korean girl living in Montreal -- the real emotional core of the movie is about teenage life, and in particular, about moody teenage girls edging into maturity. The film is very slow and deliberate, even a bit morose, although it avoids the cliches of mean boyfriends or melodramatic drug- or pregnancy-related crises. It's a very mature, contemplative film, full of sad, aching moments, and lots and lots of naturalistic "hanging out." It's an art film, probably not for everyone, but very well crafted and rewarding for the right viewers. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The highest compliment I can pay to In Between Days is to say that sitting through the film was soothing, blissful, and quiet beauty. Unlike most dialogue-rich films today, In Between Days uses the camerawork and photography to tell most of the story and communicate much of the feelings of the action--exactly how filmmaking is supposed to be. The film tells a simple story but touches the viewer profoundly. Anyone can identify with the confusions of young relationships, and sympathize with the harm and hurt of suffering a broken family. Jiseon Kim as Aimee is both a beautiful young girl full of unconscious nobility and grace yet also a lost youth longing for her absent father. This film marks a triumph for director So Yong Kim, who has made an artistic, aesthetic film on a par with masterworks like Antonioni's "The Passenger". Sitting through both films was similar in that the luxuriant and soothing photography and silence of the soundtrack proved that the directors had full artistic control over their craft and were not nervous about saying too little. In recent years it has been difficult to top the exquisite quality of Korean filmmaking, but So Yong Kim's "In Between Days" belongs in the upper tier of this genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the character development
The upside: I liked the character development. The downside: it was too predictable.
Published 2 months ago by F. Sassi
5.0 out of 5 stars To Survive is Not to Thrive
IN BETWEEN DAYS is a fine example of what an independent film company can accomplish even on a shoestring budget or having non-actors as leads. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Asiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
I choose this Movie because My Hubby actually loved the One We bought "Used "! It started skipping & such so I decided To buy a NEW ONE thia time out!
Published 7 months ago by Judy
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable.
Extremely slow. I completely lost interest within 20 minutes and turned it off. If there was some sort of artistic quality to this film, I completely missed it.
Published 9 months ago by On-line Shopper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie - Worth Watching
Good movie about an immigrant's life in the US. Was missing something though. A final umph. Recommend watching this movie.
Published 10 months ago by Canon Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars slice of life
enjoyable slice of life with a teen female lead getting in between days...nice actors and location...i was engaged by it
Published 15 months ago by ric
1.0 out of 5 stars boring story line. did not enjoy it at all. Tried to even skip through the movie and still boring. Not worth your time.
Published 17 months ago by Becky Jun
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreary Flatlined Film
I couldn't bring myself to give it just one star for I did watch the the entire movie. I'm searching my emotional reference points to find something that I found charming or... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doris Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This movie was pretty good. The two main characters, Aimee and Tran, are best friends. They are both in high school. She is a recent immigrant from South Korea. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Deanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, poignant coming of age story
Superb coming of age story that shows the commonalities of the difficulties young people face regardless of race and culture.
Published 20 months ago by BBleu
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