Microhabitat (So-gong-nyeo) (2017)



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When the price of cigarettes goes up, part-time housekeeper Miso decides to cut out one of her other expenses: rent. She leaves her small apartment and couch surfs with college friends, occasionally enjoying a glass of whiskey at her favorite café. Unlike many of the thirty-somethings with whom she reconnects, Miso has retained her free spirit, which she must use as navigates through their various hang-ups. This strikingly original first feature effortlessly balances humor and pathos as it uses quotidian surroundings to create a magical space.


Critic Reviews for Microhabitat (So-gong-nyeo)

All Critics (6)

The unpredictable reactions from people that Miso hasn't seen in years allow for both biting humour and poignant moments, and Jeon handles these changes in tone admirably in this light, entertaining, and quietly rebellious feature debut.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Lee Som's performance as Miso is tragically sweet. Her portrayal is subtle and never confrontational.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's not a film about the defiance of a free spirit, rather the accommodations of an outsider who genuinely cares about others but not the society that has remade them.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Emotionally complex and bittersweet.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What really stands out here is that gulf of imagination that makes the experiences of the poor invisible to the better off.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You hear what the film is saying, but the presentation is at arm's length from its own ideals.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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