Birthday (Saeng-il) Reviews

November 10, 2019
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.
October 24, 2019
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.
August 14, 2019
Birthday promises to be a tearjerker, but does not live up to it.
June 23, 2019
Birthday is about coping mechanisms, some destructive, and some pointless, and some counterproductive but others do manage to work.
May 28, 2019
A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death.
May 15, 2019
This could have been an unremittingly bleak film, but Lee Jong-un manages to find little moments of tenderness and humour - making the big emotional moments all the more devastating.
April 18, 2019
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.