Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 122 minutes
Stranger Says: A South Korean family slowly unravels as they try to keep up in ultra-competitive, ultra-capitalistic Seoul. While the mother resorts to illegally selling credit cards, the daughter considers her prospects without a university degree and the irritable, strict father who’s been fired from his job starts behaving badly. It’s a morality tale about the pitfalls of conformity and consumption and the importance of following one’s own path, and while it’s a worthy message, it also feels reductive—real life is far messier.
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