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Way Home, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A way to the heart."
4 stars

Pleasant, low-key Korean movie about an estranged daughter who must leave her young, bratty son with her mute, gnarled mother in a rural countryside.

(The grandmother has never before seen her grandson.) A veritable little punk, he is kept busy at first with his Gameboy and assortment of toys, but when the batteries run out, it provides him ample opportunity to get into mischief. (A fun sequence has the boy roaming the rural area in a failed attempt to locate the special batteries he needs, and getting lost.) Yet no matter how much of a pain-in-the-ass the grandson proves to be (there are no bathrooms, so toiletry use is relegated to a pot in an outhouse that he refuses to use, but when he can’t hold it any longer he makes sure his grandmother is there to protect him), the grandmother’s eternal patience and dedication eventually starts to get through to him. The Way Home is a sweet, simplistic movie, perhaps a bit too spoony at times, but the human element as well as the connection with the grandmother (if not an overwhelming bout of sympathy, too) are a strong link in the enjoyment and satisfaction with the movie. Like the old woman, it certainly takes some patience to adjust to the slow-paced storytelling, aptly set to the rustic lifestyle, but as the movie shows, patience can often be quite rewarding.


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10/03/11 Heather Amazing movie, worth searching out 5 stars
2/13/09 Miso Touching and moving; Highly recommend this movie! 5 stars
7/02/04 Jason Rim A great family movie - hug your grandma 4 stars
11/15/02 Kate it's a really sweet movie. I didn't even have the benefit of subtitles when I first saw it 4 stars
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  02-Feb-2003 (PG)



Directed by
  Lee Jeong-Hyang

Written by
  Lee Jeong-Hyang

  Kim Eul-Boon
  Yoo Seung-Ho
  Min Kyung-Hun
  Yim Eun-Kyung
  Dong Hyo-Heui

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