A mysterious city woman comes to a rural farm in South Korea where she’s taken in by a weathered woman and her odd teenage daughter. The three woman stay in isolation as they begin to fall into a new rhythm of life together, each working to fill a void within. However, as their very different paths converge, their arrangement becomes more than what they bargained for.
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|Director: ALBERT SHIN
Producers: YOON HYUN CHAN, ALBERT SHIN,
Associate Producer: NIKI SHIN
Written by: ALBERT SHIN, PEARL BALL-HARDING
Starring: YOON DA KYUNG, AHN JI HYE, KIL HAE YEON,
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In 2011, I was in a restaurant in Korea when I overheard a large family gathering in deep discussion about a certain absent family member. The table seemed to be divided amongst those that believed that this certain family member’s pregnancy was real and those that suspected it was not. However, everyone at the table thought it was strange that after trying for years and finally announcing her pregnancy, she didn’t want to show herself to anybody in the family.
This little bit of restaurant chitchat brought back memories of growing up and listening to my own family gossip about so-and-so not actually being the “real” child of so-and-so.
Secret adoptions used to be very common in Korea. The pressure to bare children and continue the family bloodline is immense. If one can’t bare children, sometimes they just had to pretend they could. What’s sadder is that this is still happening today. Perhaps not to the rampant degree it once was, but when the pressure is overwhelming, the sense of desperation to save face remains the same.
This idea started a long journey that would eventually have me working in my second language, shooting in a foreign land and creating characters that are worlds away from who I am. However, any perceived disadvantages actually helped me narrow the focus and strive for a specificity that helped in a strange way communicate something more universal.
In a world that constantly divides us between winners and losers, the haves and the have-nots, perhaps the best path to tolerance and understanding is being afforded the chance to live in each other’s shoes. For IN HER PLACE, I wanted each character to be afforded the chance to give their point of view. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong; these are just people searching for a hopeful situation and a second chance. However, like in real-life, there must also be consequences for our actions.
– Albert Shin