Brandon Streussnig’s review published on Letterboxd:
Staggering. At once quietly, deeply felt yet exploding with rich and textured life. A beautifully devastating poem to the immigrant experience and its echoes throughout time. An empathetic reminder to the most jaded among to take your time and hold on to each other.
This is an incredibly refreshing examination of something never depicted onscreen. Lee Isaac Chung approaches it with a cynical honesty but one that’s also full of an intense hope. The desire to acclimate overtaking the love needed for a family to grow and prosper. It’s remarkable stuff.
Letting you in through David’s eyes is brilliant. Like the herb itself, he just needs a little more love and little less control to be the person he’s supposed to become. It’s so simple and stripped down but holds a power that few films could.
You’ve been hearing a lot Steven Yeun and rightfully so but please do not overlook the the film’s beating heart in Alan Kim and its glowing soul in Han Ye-ri.