The Return


Hart House Theatre Mon, Apr 30, 2018 9:15 PM
Hart House Theatre Wed, May 2, 2018 3:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 6, 2018 6:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Denmark
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Stories
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Love & Relationships
East Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Malene Choi Jensen
Producer(s):Julie Friis Walenciak
Editor(s):Julius Krebs Damsbo
Writer(s):Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Cinematography:Catherine Pattinama Coleman
Composer:Philip Nicolai Flindt
Sound:Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Kevin Koch


Two Danish-Korean adoptees return to Seoul in search of their birth mothers. Staying at the Koroot guesthouse, they meet and exchange confidences with other transnational adoptees from around the world who struggle with similar experiences: grief, frustration and a longing for something without knowing exactly what. The Return uses fictional elements to construct and deconstruct feelings of being caught between cultures and identities. Performance is used to protect the adoptees, allowing them to speak from the heart without fear of criticism or insult. Scripted scenes expand their personal stories to include more than just the facts, since records are routinely lost, falsified or nonexistent. Defining a person's sense of self and belonging doesn't fit neatly into reality and requires dreaming, questing and characterization. Where you come from might be tied to time and space, but who you are is more related to feeling, like a foggy vanishing point that seems fixed, but isn't. Angie Driscoll

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Additional Information

She Does the City - "10 Powerful, timely, weird & wonderful films you should check out at Hot Docs 2018"

Toronto - "Shane Smith: 5 must-see showings at the Hot Docs Festival."