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Inspired by writer/director Ounie Lecomte's own childhood experiences, A Brand New Life tells the story of a nine year old girl named Jinhee (Kim Sae-ron) who's sent to live in a Seoul orphanage run by Catholic nuns so her father can start a new family. Realizing that her life has been permanently and profoundly changed, Jinhee struggles with feelings of separation while attempting to make sense of her new surroundings. There, in the orphanage, friendships are broken as quickly as they were forged - the whimsy of fate and adoptive parents making lasting relationships difficult. At first Jinhee longs for the day she, too, will be selected to live with a new family, but over time she begins to resent the idea of once again being separated from the people she cares most about. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
French Korean Director Lecomte, showed her great talent in this movie she wrote and directed, A brand New Life. She presented her personal story in a very simple way. A journey to childhood, a time where many things happened and no explanations were given why things happen exactly this way.The movie was told through the eyes of a child, but brought to life with the help of a wonderful script, cast and perfect camera work, allowing the viewer to put aside its adult point of view and just observe, and try to understand this little girl. This was her story, of Jinhee, played marvelously by Korean young actress Sae Ron Kim. She had questions, but never got an honest answer why she was abandoned by her father. Even when she was heading to her new destination, the warmth when leaning on her father's back on bike seat suddenly appeared in her heart, but it may only be in her memory as the song she used to sing.