What the Critics are Saying About A24’s MINARI, Opening Virtually 2/12

Our friends at A24 are opening a film this week that you’re probably already hearing about, and will be hearing even more about when awards season arrives. Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI is an absolutely compelling story, based in part on Chung’s own life, about a Korean family that immigrates to Arkansas in the ’80s to try and grab a piece of the American dream. As they struggle to make their very small farm profitable, they face trial after trial. Steven Yeun (BURNING, THE WALKING DEAD) stars as the patriarch of the family.

Tickets are on sale now and screenings begin on Friday, February 12. By purchasing tickets at this link, AFS will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Peter Debruge of Variety says that “Chung transforms the specificity of his upbringing into something warm, tender and universal.”

Matt Zoller Seitz appreciates Chung’s “knack for capturing those moments when people behave according to their own internal compass, in ways that may not make sense to an outside observer. This is a lovely, unique film.”

In discussing her own experiences of growing up Korean-American, writer Esther Yoon-Ji Kang says “the way it conjured up memories of my own family’s early years in the U.S. — painful, hilarious, harrowing, bizarre ones — tells me there is a specific power, a particular magic, in seeing an authentic reflection of something approximating one’s own experience, especially for people of color. As entertained and moved as I have been by countless films and TV shows throughout my life, none in recent memory has evoked so much stuff, for lack of a better word, as this film has.”

In the Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp calls MINARI “a gentle, truthful and tender story of family filled with kind people trying to love one another the best they can.”

That sounds pretty good about right now. You can see MINARI – and support AFS with your ticket purchase, by clicking this link. Unlike our Virtual Cinema offerings on AFS@home, this one has set showtimes. We think MINARI is appointment viewing and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Until then, enjoy the trailer for MINARI.

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