Ji-wan (Lee Jung-eun, best known for her role as the Housekeeper in Parasite) is a filmmaker at odds with mid-life from menopause and a flat marriage to a career that is beyond stuck. Finally offered a job that involves restoring a 1960s film directed by the first known female Korean director, she embarks on a journey of discovery gleaning life lessons not only from those who came before her, but, unexpectedly, from her college-aged would-be poet son.
Writer and director Shin Su-won shows a wonderfully deft hand in her sixth feature, Hommage. Weaving humor with pathos in this exploration of what it means to be a woman at home, and in the workplace, the tone is cheekily subversive, with a core tenderness. Transcending its South Korean cultural milieu, there is deep understanding of what each generation can teach the other, and a wry acknowledgment of coming to terms with life’s limitations.--Simone Ling
Su-won Shin has previously directed the award winning films Light for the Youth (2020), Glass Garden (2017), Madonna(2015), Pluto (2013), and Passerby #3 (2011).