Best Movies by Farr

Secret Sunshine

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What's it About

After her husband'’s untimely death, a gentle piano teacher, Shin-ae (Jeon), moves with their young son, Jun (Seon), to the small rural town where her husband was born. She begins giving music lessons to local children and gradually their lives return to normal. Then one day, without warning, a shocking turn of events leaves Shin-ae shattered and adrift. She begins searching for solace in all the wrong places, and we wonder whether Shin-ae can maintain her fragile hold on sanity.

Why we love it

Don'’t let the sunny-sounding title fool you — this psychological thriller is one intense ride. Jeon Do-yeon was awarded the Best Actress Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for an astonishing performance as a fragile young woman hit with a one-two punch. Director Lee Chang-dong, one of the foremost practitioners of South Korea'’s cinematic “New Wave”, creates a palpable sense of foreboding and dread that keeps us glued. Don'’t keep this stunning, artful crime tale a secret.   

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"