Director: Shin Sang Ok
Runtime: 101 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
As Korea gradually modernizes, Han is married off to an adolescent noble. When he dies prematurely, his conservative
mother forces her to preserve her chastity for the family’s honour. Han’s situation worsens when a progressive farmhand falls for her. Sympathetic to change, she develops feelings for him too. When Han becomes pregnant, the patriarch contains potential shame by isolating her until she delivers. When the child is born, he is given to the farmhand, who is then banished from the city. Years later, Han cares for her ailing but still abusive mother-inlaw. Han’s child, now a man, arrives at the household to see his mother. Will their shared oppression bind them, or will they be
torn from each other again?
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