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TIFF Next Wave Review: ‘House of Hummingbird’

February 14, 2020Sherry Li

House of Hummingbird, from writer-director Bora Kim, is a beautiful coming-of-age story set in 1994 Seoul, Korea.

Eighth-grader Eun-hee (Park Ji-hu) is just starting to step into her adolescence, as she tries to balance her crush (and subsequent heartbreak), a complicated family situation, school, friendship and more. What follows is bittersweet, not only letting viewers into the raw, lonely and painful moments that make up Eun-hee's life, but also the most innocent and tender moments, as she begins to open herself up to new people and experiences.

Thanks to Kim's incredibly thoughtful and meticulous filmmaking style, House of Hummingbird resonates as an earnest tale — a poignant slice of life to be savored.

House of Hummingbird screens Sunday, February 16th at TIFF Next Wave. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 19 min.

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