Jung-hee and Min-young are best friends about to graduate high school. They disband their acrostic poetry club to study for their college entrance exams. Min-young ends up at Daegu University (which, she laments, is not actually in Daegu), while Jung-hee languishes in her hometown, working a repetitive job that she claims is just a stepping stone to better things. One day, Min-young invites Jung-hee to meet up with her in Seoul. And so we follow the misadventures of these two girls-some real, some imagined, some remembered-as their lives begin to diverge.
Comically understated and disarmingly melancholic, KIM MIN-YOUNG recalls films like TAKE CARE OF MY CAT in its deft rendering of early adulthood’s anxieties. But its pared-down style reflects a culture even more heavily mediated by the flatness of digital screens and social media, landing somewhere between an Instagram stories aesthetic and the films of Chantal Akerman. As Jung-hee and Min-young learn, the intimacy of friendship is a painful thing to maintain in a world that keeps its distance. The debut feature for directors Lee Jae-eun and Lim Jisun, KIM MIN-YOUNG won the Korean Competition Grand Prize at the 2021 Jeonju International Film Festival.