Lee Chang-dong's riveting, critically lauded drama is a beautifully rendered exploration of motherhood, grief, faith, and emotional survival. Cannes Best Actress Award-winner Jeon Do-yeon plays Shin-ae, a single mother who relocates to her husband's hometown Miryang ("Secret Sunshine") for a new start his sudden passing. Attempting to make a new life there for her young son is a challenge, and she manages to befriend only a bumbling repair man with dubious intentions. When tragedy strikes again, Shin-ae undergoes an emotionally shattering journey that pits her against everything she's known about humanity, love, forgiveness, and God.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12.22.2010
Emotionally complex tale of a woman's confrontation with the worst of fates.Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 06.24.2010
Buried in the year-end rush but one of the year's best films.Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 12.21.2010
There is a natural tendency to appreciate movies that are neat and concise. "Secret Sunshine" makes a striking argument for the antithesis.Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 02.03.2011