A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The dream is to grow Korean vegetables for the other immigrant families. The reality is a dilapidated trailer in a muddy field and the daily grind of paid work at the local chicken hatchery. They also worry over the future of their son Daniel who has a heart murmur.
The family home changes completely with the arrival of their foul-mouthed but incredibly loving grandmother, played by the sensational Youn Yuh-jung, who landed both an Oscar and a BAFTA for her performance. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari is a film about the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
(I caught Minari at Glasgow Film Festival 2021 – I loved it – Minari, Review by Pat Byrne)
“Why we love it: ‘As the son of an Asian immigrant, I had a feeling that this film would infiltrate my heart and it is safe to say that it is now living there rent free. Minari is a film that puts Asian faces in the spotlight but also focuses on people just trying to do their best for the ones they love and fighting to find somewhere they can call home. This film is beautiful, melancholic but ultimately heart-warming, and is sure to reverberate with anyone who has ever yearned for a sense of belonging.’ Chris Kumar, GFF Programme Coordinator”