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South Korea2021115 minKorean with English subtitlesDrama
Mi-yeon seems to be living the perfect life as a choirmaster and the wife of a successful man. In comparison, her sisters Hee-sook and Mi-ok seem to be miserable, making Mi-yeon frustrated. But in the shadow behind her perfect smile, Mi-yeon’s also suffering from the three sisters’ shared childhood trauma that they’ve yet to come to terms with. On the day of their father’s birthday, the monstrous truth breaks free from its bubble, leading to turmoil.
Three Sisters is an emotional rollercoaster that samples contemporary Korean society. It critically questions how domestic violence, childhood trauma, and social standing are both seen and overlooked through the stories of the three unique characters. Moon So-ri, an award-winning actress and the film’s co-producer, plays Mi-yeon in a rare and strong women-led film with a cathartic ending.
- June Kim
Jeonju International Film Festival, 2020
Busan International Film Festival, 2020
Osaka Asian Film Festival, 2021
Best Supporting Actress, Baeksang Arts Awards, 2021
Lee Seung-won’s debut feature, Communication and Lies (2015), was shown at festivals like the Busan International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won several awards including the NETPAC Award at Busan. Three Sisters is Lee’s third feature and another collaboration with his wife, Kim Sun-young.
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