In Between Days
Directed by So Yong Kimwas, 2007
28 Oct 2011
Aimie, a newly arrived Korean immigrant teenager, falls in love with her best and only friend, Tran. She tries to express her feelings for him, but is scared of losing their friendship. Theirs is a delicate relationship that is challenged by the demands of living in a new country. To spend more time with Tran, Aimie drops out of her English class. She fights with her mother who wants to re-marry and she soon realizes that she is losing Tran to an Americanized Korean girl.
Aimie finds herself increasingly isolated and is finally forced to look inside herself for answers.The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Independent Vision. The film was released to critical acclaim in Korea in 2007. As critics have pointed out, the director keeps dialogue to a minimum and provides the barest of story arcs, using a handheld camera to probe subtle shifts of emotion in her nonprofessional actors. The script and direction have a gentle sensitivity, subtly addressing cultural divisions while reminding us that angst, at least, is universal.