Un paseo por Corea del Norte, con todo lo que eso conlleva. Una hora y pico de desconcierto, de extraña fascinación, de puro kitsch.
Sobre la película
"There have been several movies made about the situation in North Korea, but Soon-mi Yoo's touching film gets intimate with the country's problems. "Songs from the North" transcends its ruminative qualities and becomes a rescue mission for the country's soul. "
"But Songs from the North is not meant as a final note of how to interpret what life may be in a country that is constantly skewered by our media. I appreciate Yoo’s choice to never speak in an authoritative voice—she eschews voiceover for a text overlay on a black screen, which works almost like a call and response. Some of the more fascinating statements she makes, especially about the desire of the North Korean people to reunite with the South, offer promising glimpses into a culture we know little about. If this is only the first in a series of essay films Yoo can produce, she may evolve into one of the most essential voices in world cinema."
"El resultado es fascinante, impiadoso y lírico a la vez. Una verdadera (y bienvenida) rareza."
"In Songs From the North, the South Korean–born, U.S.-based filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo takes her camera to North Korea and, through a purposeful mix of on-location footage, poetic intertitles ("Is North Korea the loneliest place on Earth?"), and archival media, creates an empathetic snapshot of a country that is almost never depicted in such an accessible light."
"Glimpses of life and culture above the 38th parallel exert their usual bizarre fascination"