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: April 22, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 87% 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.

Robert Koehler

Drawing out beautifully natural performances from her child actors, Kim once again has a distinct way of letting her camera observe her characters with kind thoughtfulness, allowing for a quiet mood to wash over the scenes.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

Tom Charity
Times (UK)

This very personal, naturalistic Korean film is all about emotional damage, and it's a real heartbreaker.

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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.

Amy Taubin

What makes this slight narrative compelling is that it is told entirely from the children's point of view, synced to their perceptions and to the mercurial emotions that color them.

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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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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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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
Jesse Ortega
Lovely little movie. Is it a quiet and subtle type of storytelling? Yes. Does that mean it's boring? No, some of you WILL be bored by the movie but I… 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
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
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
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