Secret Sunshine
Secret Sunshine (2010)

Soon after relocating herself and her son to the town in which her late husband (and the father of her child) was born, a woman named Shin-ae finds her attempt to start life anew offset by yet another unforeseen tragedy in director Lee… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Plumbing the depths of tragedy without succuming to melodrama, Chang-dong Lee's Secret Sunshine is a grueling, albeit moving, piece of beautifully acted cinema.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

There is a natural tendency to appreciate movies that are neat and concise. "Secret Sunshine" makes a striking argument for the antithesis.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.

Josh Larsen

The amount of tragedy delivered by this story would feel abusive if a lesser talent was at its center.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

A secular hymn to the small triumphs and cavernous tragedies of the everyday, and to our awesome ability to cope.

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Glenn Dunks

It quickly dawns as to why Jeon won so many awards for this performance...

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Buried in the year-end rush but one of the year's best films.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This exploration of grief in contemporary South Korea plods along adequately and intelligently.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In a performance as raw and naked as I can recall seeing, Jeon navigates the ebbs and flows of Shin-ae's grief.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
A brave exploration of grief and the process of forgiveness. We all know those people who seem to attract tragedy. We read about them in the paper or hear about… More
Luke Baldock
The first and most striking aspect of this film are the visuals. The bright, golden, crisp glow of this film is almost heavenly. Not a bad choice considering… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Grieves with sorrow and shines with faith, Secret Sunshine ponders on spiritual maturity and recovery of a woman tormented by loss. Starring 2007 Cannes Film… More
Walter M.
"Secret Sunshine" starts with Shin-ae(Do-yeon Jeon) driving from Seoul to Miryang with her eight-year old son Jun(Jung-yeop Seon). On the way, her… More
Nicki Marie
Another good Korean film (aren't they always good?! I honestly can't think of too many I haven't liked.. not that I have seen lots, but… More
John Ballantine
The tale of an unsatisfying journey of mother and child following the death of a father. It isn't a walk in the park but that is where the beauty lies in… More