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In Her Place

In Her Place

Director: Albert Shin
South Korea, Canada | Korean
2014 | 115min.
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
Theme: A, N
Eligible for Child Protection Award
18+
Delicate but harrowing, In Her Place is the story of a wealthy couple from Seoul who make an arrangement to adopt the unborn child of a young girl from the countryside. As part of the bargain, the wife will stay in the home of the girl and her mother until the baby is born. When the husband returns to the city, this remote household undergoes a palpable shift in tension. The wife feels herself an interloper, trying to force herself into a new environment while the girl resents having her every move watched over by a stranger. Balancing gentle scenes of the three women attempting to form relationships with one another during an increasingly awkward time against the increasingly erratic behavior of the young girl, In Her Place builds to a suspenseful climax in which the adult characters must reckon with their potentially destructive decisions. But it is not just the unsettling clandestine adoption that interests Albert Shin. He observes with unique subtlety and tact how the young girl is progressively deprived of her identity by the two women who are interested in her only as a childbearer, which for one means the end of poverty and for the other the fulfillment of her wish for motherhood. Director Albert Shin broaches issues of family and class with expertise and distinction. —Rod Armstrong

Director,  Albert Shin

Director,  Albert Shin

Albert Shin was born in Ottawa and studied film and video production at York University. With filmmaker Igor Drljaca, he founded TimeLapse Pictures in order to bring their projects and those of other filmmakers to fruition. In 2010, Shin directed Point Traverse and has produced shorts and features for other filmmakers. With In Her Place, Shin’s goal was to “make a film where nobody is right or wrong. It’s just people in different situations or circumstances, having to make the best of whatever they have going on.

Cast and Crew

Director
Albert Shin
Cast
Yoon Da-kyung, Ahn Ji Hye, Kil Hae-yeon, Kim Sung-cheol, Kim Chang-hwan, Kim Kyung-ik
Production Company
TimeLapse Pictures
Sales Contact
Elle Driver
Music
Alexandre Klinke
Producer
Yoon Hyun-chan, Albert Shin, Igor Drljaca
Screenwriter
Albert Shin, Pearl Ball-Harding
Editor
Albert Shin
Cinematographer
Moon Myoung-hwan
Sound
Mathew Chan, J.R. Fountain, Shaun Kim
Production Designer
Heo Seo-hyung, Choi Young-mi
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