A Girl at My Door (Korean: 도희야; RR: Dohui-ya) is a 2014 South Korean drama film directed by July Jung and stars Bae Doona as a policewoman who takes in an abused girl played by Kim Sae-ron. The film screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Following a personal scandal, police academy instructor Lee Young-nam is transferred from Seoul to take office as a chief of the police substation in a quiet seaside town in Yeosu. Young-nam keeps a low profile and tolerates the drunken excesses of the locals, but drinks heavily at home, decanting soju into water bottles.
Young-nam meets Sun Do-hee, a timid and withdrawn 14-year-old girl covered with cuts and bruises. Do-hee is bullied by classmates and beaten by both her drunk stepfather Yong-ha and drunk grandmother; her biological mother abandoned them. The locals keep quiet about Yong-ha's injustices as he is the town's main employer, an oyster farmer.
MAIN CAST OF A GIRL AT MY DOOR (2014)
Bae Doona as Lee Young-nam
Kim Sae-ron as Sun Do-hee
Song Sae-byeok as Park Yong-ha
Kim Jin-gu as Park Jum-soon, Yong-ha's mother
Son Jong-hak as Captain Eom
Na Jong-min as Officer Kim
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Due to the film's portrayal of a lesbian relationship, and the contentiousness of LGBT rights in South Korea, as well as the initial ambiguous relationship of the two main characters, the film had to be financed largely by the Korean Film Council. Because of this, the budget was limited to US$300,000; Bae and Kim agreed to not be paid
At the film's official Cannes screening at the Theatre Debussy, the audience gave it a three-minute standing ovation and it received mostly positive reviews from the media. Screen Daily called it "a resolutely left-field and refreshingly off-kilter drama [...] a deftly intriguing tale of alcoholism and abuse that starts off as a seemingly familiar domestic drama before spiralling off into something more unnerving and vaguely disturbing. It is driven by a strong cast and makes the most of it rural location that should be an idyllic but in fact its surface beauty covers up a series of rather dysfunctional people. The film is given heart and soul by a magnetic performance by the excellent Doona Bae."
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