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3.4
143 Ratings

A Girl at My Door

Dohee-Ya

Directed by July Jung
South Korea, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

Do-Hee experiences family violence. Young-Nam works as the head of police substation. She tries to protect Do-Hee from her violent stepfather Yong-Ha. Though Do-Hee looks naive, she hides a secret. Young-Nam becomes involved in a case with her life at stake.

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A Girl at My Door Directed by July Jung

Awards & Festivals

Stockholm International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Directorial Debut (Aluminum Horse)

Asian Film Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Actress

Rural South Korea is the setting for July Jung’s courageous and quietly confrontational debut feature which boasts a pair of astonishingly nuanced performances… That this small but powerful film retains its gentleness and compassion in the face of the bleakest of subjects makes it all the more remarkable.
September 17, 2015
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Whatever its moral complexities, A Girl at My Door lacks the nuanced sense of everyday ups and downs that’s so strong in [Lee Chang-dong’s] films. Nothing here happens without a defined narrative purpose, and the feeling that a moral conundrum is being mechanically worked out is hard to shake. The best you can say for the by-the-numbers plotting is that it’s mercifully free of didacticism and open to moral ambiguities. Still, as a debut feature this is an achievement by any measure.
September 07, 2015
There is an underlying weirdness to [Lee Chang-dong] films like Secret Sunshine (2007) and Poetry (2010) that makes them work. [Lee protégée] Jung is clearly moving in that direction. But not having mastered that tone quite yet, Girl instead strikes a note of implausibility at crucial junctures… Nevertheless, A Girl At My Door is well-acted and crisply shot, a highly assured debut from Jung who should have a bright future as she grows beyond Lee’s tutelage and develops her own voice.
September 01, 2014
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