“The Good Stars”, Hirokazu Core-Eder’s abandoned child

Lucky stars ***

By Hirojaku Kore-eda

South Korean film, 2:09

Official Selection – Competition

Among them are many lucky stars, with Japanese director Hirojaku Kore-edar leaning on Wu-sung’s lap throughout the new film, whose protagonist is a child. Things started out pretty bad for the baby. On a rainy night in Busan, his mother dropped him off in front of one of the “baby boxes” placed in front of a church. Inside, a note with his first name and promise to come back for him one day. A priest has nothing to do with the person who rescued it illegally with the help of an accomplice. The fashion designer, pushed by debt, trafficking children in her spare time, she intends to sell it for cold hard cash.

Everyone has a reason to act.

What he didn’t know was that his small traffic was being monitored by two female police officers. And when the mother reappears, demanding half the price of her silence, all these little people will take to the streets. Some are looking for an adoptive family willing to pay against a child, others allow traffickers to be arrested. But rare pearls are hard to find because So-Young, the mother has needs and the perpetrators are more sensitive to her reasoning than they seem.

Often in Core-Eda films, the characters are not what they appear to be. And everyone has their personal reasons for acting that this sensitive and ongoing road-trip will take care to reveal to us. During the trip, to which is added a naughty orphan travels as a stove, bonds are woven between them which gives the appearance of their family.

Four years after his Palme d’Or, the filmmaker has once again explored the mystery of fatherhood in this very beautiful film presented in the competition yesterday. He chose to shoot it in South Korea where the incident took place Baby box More developed than other places. Giving him the opportunity to work with the actor of the gorgeous song Kang-ho Parasites By Bong Jun-ho, in the role of fashion designer-trafficker. The change of scenery which, despite being similar to the subject, gives the film a slightly different tone Family matters. Less bizarre and lively than the previous one, however, it derives its strength from the ability to install each of its characters over time and explore the complexities of their feelings.

Let the core-ada emotion slowly settle

Abandonment occupies a central place. The feeling felt by Dong-su, the designer’s colleague, abandoned herself at birth and refused to adopt her in the hope of finding her mother. If she is so young and needs to hand over her son to others, she must carry him. After all, hey-jinn, a touchy-feely little boy who, in the end, wondered if it was okay for him to come to earth. In a scene with a drawer where each event brings an extra layer of understanding to things, there is no equal in the combination of the genre of Japanese filmmakers, moving from comedy to drama in the blink of an eye and slowly installing emotion. It ends in a great scene in a hotel room, where everyone thanks each other for being born before leaving for their own destiny.

“J.I wanted the film to be able to make it clear that every birth counts, every life has its place. In this sense, The Lucky Stars It’s a movie about “life”, The director explained. In his speech we should not look at anything with a sense of morality, only with the scars of childhood and this extreme attention was paid to his belief in the ability to associate with others and to bind other than blood ties. In this sense, the film expresses an incredible politeness, enhanced by the moderation of the staging and the beauty of the landscape on the Korean coast, as opposed to the harshness of the situation. And Corey-Ada, far from repeating himself, proves that he has not lost his touch.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda, second palme d’or run

Born on June 6, 1962, this Japanese filmmaker has appeared in the ears for the eighth time.

Six of his films were selected in the competition and two in the specific subject category.

2001. with first selection Distance

2004. No one knows. Best Actor Award for Yuya Yagira

2009. Air doll (From some perspective)

2013. As the father, so is the son. Ecumenical Jury Prize – Special mention

2015. Our little sister

2016. After the storm (From some perspective)

2018. Family matters. Palme d’Or

2022. The Lucky Stars This is his fifteenth feature film

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