Last Child

A married couple who run a small interior decorating business have yet to get over the death of their son Eunchan, who drowned while trying to save a friend’s life. One day, the boy’s father watches as the surviving boy, Kihyun, is bullied by his friends. He intervenes and befriends the seemingly rootless boy, and gives him a job in his store.
This directorial debut looks at how grief works. As the three protagonists paint, put up wallpaper, and cook together, everyday tasks become a matter of course once again, and the three develop a shared rhythm; they could almost be mistaken for a family. But the closer the trio becomes, the guiltier Kihyun feels. Finally he confesses the truth about Eunchan: he was not the noble saviour everyone believes him to have been. Sadness curdles into a desire for revenge. But the film retains its calm, and its hugely focused visual compositions provide space for all kinds of emotional outbursts. The provincial setting, precisely drawn, becomes a stage where questions of vengeance and atonement are played out.
by Shin Dong-seok
with Choi Moo-seong, Kim Yeo-jin, Seong Yu-bin
Republic of Korea 2017 Korean 124’ Colour

With

  • Choi Moo-seong (Sungcheol)
  • Kim Yeo-jin (Misook)
  • Seong Yu-bin (Kihyun)

Crew

Written and Directed by Shin Dong-seok
Cinematography Lee Zi-hoon
Editing Lee Young-lim
Music Kim Hae-won
Sound Design Lee Sung-june
Sound Jin Dong-hoon
Production Design Kim Young-tak
Producer Je Jeong-ju

World sales

Finecut

Produced by

ATO

Shin Dong-seok

Born in Jeonju, South Korea in 1978. In 2006, he earned a degree in Filmmaking. Following two short films, Last Child is his first feature film.

Filmography

2005 Stirring Ripple (Mul-gyeo-ri ilda); 21 min. 2006 Gahee & B.H. (Ga-hui-wa BH); 22 min. 2017

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018