Little forest – a journey to self

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This is the first time I write a movie review on the blog or better said my personal view and feelings about this wonderful movie called Little forest. After watching the movie, I found myself wanting to make the feeling of happiness to last longer. Thus I decided to write about what I felt and to share with you the reasons why you should give this movie a chance.

I cannot say I have a particular style when it comes to movies. I like well played roles, actors who can transmit feelings and stories that can inspire me. Little forest is this kind of movie. Maybe I am biased. It is true that I mostly watch Korean productions. However, I think you would like Little forest even if you are not into Korean cinematography.

Little forest (리틀 포레스트 in Korean) is a South Korean movie released in 2018 and directed by Yim Soonrye. Actually there is also a Japanese version of the movie which is in fact the original one and it was released in 2014. I plan to see the Japanese version as well and I hope it is as good as the Korean version.

The movie tells the story of a young woman who leaves Seoul and returns to her hometown, situated in the countryside. At first she says she only came down to her village for a few days and when asked by her friend why she came back, she says that she came because she was hungry. This line was so moving and I felt it so well because like the protagonist I myself moved back to my hometown in the countryside in order to find myself and to find what I really want to do with my life. While this line is a metaphor for one who doesn’t feel satisfied with his/her life, the young woman also missed the simple life she had in her hometown, the simplicity and the tranquility that one can find in a place such as a village or a small town.

Her house brings her back in the past when she lived with her mother who used to cook delicious meals. Her mother left when she was a student in order to find her own little forest, a metaphor for self-discovery and finding ones true self and happiness within oneself. Only later, after many years, the girl who became a woman would understand her mother’s thoughts and feelings.

Days pass one after another, but the young woman doesn’t go back to Seoul. She came down in winter, then spring comes again and she learns to produce her own food. She spends time with her childhood friends while cooking good food, working in the fields and enjoying the gifts of nature. Then summer and autumn come. The young woman lives the entire process of healing and learns the true way of becoming fulfilled and happy. Then winter comes again and she goes back to Seoul only to return in the spring for good.

I found myself smiling the whole time while watching this movie. I felt its warmth, the completeness that comes from small things, the happiness that comes with simplicity and tranquility. I enjoyed the beautiful sceneries and I remembered why I love the color green so much. Living in the countryside feels like you can slow down time. There’s nothing more beautiful than living closer to the nature and enjoying what it has to offer to us. Also, trying your best to preserve it is as beautiful and as meaningful as enjoying it.

Little forest is a movie about finding one’s little forest, one’s true self and what happiness really means to each and everyone. It is about small acts of kindness, friendship, simple but delicious food and slowing down. It shows the beauty of every single season and the importance of each. A truly wonderful and healing movie.

I am curious if any of you watched this movie and if you did please share with me in the comments your thoughts on it.

Until next time,
Maria