Birthday

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Returning from eight years abroad at work and in prison, Jeong-il struggles to reconnect with his wife and their young daughter, Ye-sol, whom he barely knows.

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Critic Reviews for Birthday (Saeng-il)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1)

  • Private grief and public mourning are examined in "Birthday," a deeply moving drama about a fractured family attempting to get on with life following the death of their son in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy.

    October 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Birthday is precisely the kind of warts-and-all examination of human nature that defines Lee's career, and is composed entirely of the difficult moments that are often glossed over for more palatable, unchallenging observations.

    April 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • as director Lee delicately traces the sense of guilt and recrimination in this fracturing household, she is also modulating the grief of a nation still haunted by tragedy, and still finding ways to exorcise its ghosts.

    November 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Birthday promises to be a tearjerker, but does not live up to it.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Birthday is about coping mechanisms, some destructive, and some pointless, and some counterproductive but others do manage to work.

    June 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death.

    May 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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