Treeless Mountain
Treeless Mountain (2009)

A portrait of a young girl coming to terms with loss and abandonment, Six-year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin live on the edge of disaster, but they are not aware of it. In the small apartment where they reside with their single mother,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intermittently wondrous and harsh, this sensitive drama about two abandoned sisters gives time and space to the intimate and beautiful moments of childhood.

David Jenkins
Time Out

[The Film] offers a stark analysis of the human potential for random cruelty that recalls nothing less than Bresson's 'Mouchette', albeit with a denouement that holds a glimmer of optimism for the future.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

So Yong Kim has a real gift for putting children at ease before the camera, and her two very young actresses (who are not sisters off-screen) reward her with performances of heartbreaking realism.

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Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling

Treeless Mountain, in its crisp simplicity, resembles a good poem, with many layers lurking beneath the organized, metered surface.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Somewhere in between all the emptiness -- the film's laconic chapters are separated by repeated static shots of clouds and sky -- a beautiful little point is made.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Treeless Mountain casts a sad, pellucid spell. It looks at life from three feet off the ground and meets the hardening gaze of its 6-year-old protagonist head on.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Cinematographer Anne Misawa shoots from a low angle the wonderful, subtly expressive faces of the siblings, the older melancholic, the younger endearingly clownish.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

In modest, lovingly observed ways, the director gives her characters -- and, one hazards, herself -- the gentlest gift of sweet possibility.

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G. Allen Johnson
Houston Chronicle

So Yong Kim has made another minimalist masterpiece, a quiet movie of sharply observed details and two girls who will break your heart.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

There is no profound drama here, however, so you might end up resenting the film while it drags from you the emotional responses that the sight of anxious little children inevitably triggers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Albert Kim
Draws a lotta comparisons with "Where the Wild Things Are" except much more grim and less chaotic. "Treeless Mountain"'s a super slow… More
Lesley N
A film about adult concerns (like The Spirit of The Beehive), seen through the filter of childhood, and with similarly outstanding and naturalistic… More
Dead Angel
Jin's (Hee Yeon Kim) and Bin's (Kim Song Hee) acting looked so natural that made me think whether they were aware of the camera in front of them. I… More
Daisy Maduro
Treeless Mountain was about 2 girls who were trying to survive the mental burdens of being abandoned by their mother. It was a calm, a little slow paced, but… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Treeless Mountain," even as a young girl, Jin(Hee Yeon Kim) has to decide between playing with her friends after school or… More