Life Unrehearsed

Feature 4

BANPARK Jieun | 2022 | Documentary | Color | DCP | 80min (K, E)


Thirty-six years ago, Soohyun met In-sun at a Korean Christian Women’s Association retreat in Germany and gave her flowers. Despite threats from her then-husband and the disapproval of Korean society, In-sun found love and chose to be with Soohyun. Now, the two of them—who came to work as nurses in a foreign country where they knew nothing of the language—are still there and already in their seventies. For half of their life, they have lived together in Berlin and shared in all the joys and sorrows of life. Soohyun and In-sun have stood in solidarity with other foreigners like themselves while also looking after one another. They are two people who overcame boundaries. This is their love story.


Especially in Korea, the existence of older lesbians is not revealed. Since they did not appear in the media, they did not stand out as if not exist. It’s like the Asians to be seen in German flower shops, restaurants, and Asian supermarkets are rarely seen in the media. In this film, the two have lived in Germany twice as long as in Korea, but they are still treated as strangers. That’s why this film is meant to allow lesbians to stand side by side with other people and face the world. The young generations have no role models of their own and doesn’t imagine getting older. This film want tell those in teens to thirties that lives continue after that, and those in forties to eighties that people like you are still living like this. Our lives don’t cut off suddenly as if we close a book, but rather like writing a diary and turning the pages of a book, they go on and on day by day.


2022 Busan International Film Festival



2015 A Home For You And Me
2018 Daekyojip – The Tailor Under The Bridge
2019 On The Boundary


Director BANPARK Jieun
Producer KIM Dahyoung
Cinematographer BANPARK Jieun
Editor KIM Saebom
Music LEE Zihern
Cast LEE Soohyun, KIM In-sun