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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VS6LY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,276 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)

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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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The downside: it was too predictable.
F. Sassi
Anyone can identify with the confusions of young relationships, and sympathize with the harm and hurt of suffering a broken family.
Nicolas Leobold
It's a very mature, contemplative film, full of sad, aching moments, and lots and lots of naturalistic "hanging out."
DJ Joe Sixpack

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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 By Howard Schumann on April 10, 2009
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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 By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 17, 2007
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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 By Nicolas Leobold on December 17, 2007
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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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