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Scarlet Shoes

Eui soo Han
South Korea, 2016, 26 min.

In Korean with English subtitles.
Includes violence, sexual content and adult language.

An abused daughter accidentally killed her philandering father and left home. The years went, and she comes back to her hometown on the anniversary of the father's death, looking for her mother she lost contact with.

Director's Statement

Modern families of Korea often suffered abuse from a distorted patriarchy, which was more likely to harass daughters than sons. Female members were subjected to conflicting roles - they had to be independent as laborers for the family, but subservient enough to the male authority. I wanted to focus on the daughter's journey toward understanding her mother who remained as a victim of the male violence passed down from generation to generation rather than the oppression itself. Our protagonist makes this seemingly impossible effort for reconciliation by calling out the mother's name in the mudflat. Even though her voice is breaking, by making a sound with her once silenced voice, she is fumbling towards the generations before her with sympathy.

Category: Drama.
Themes: World Cinema, Abuse, Family, Women.

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