A classroom in a middle school is bustling with excitement about where to go for a school trip. Byoung-hwa smiles shyly as he casts a vote for Jejudo. He collects money for the trip by delivering vegetable juice, passing out flyers, and selling old books. He pays no attention to his mother who tells him that “You can’t always do everything you want.” He even purchases some cool new shoes, but he doesn’t get to go on the trip. He does not get to sing Blue Night in Jejudo which he has been practicing for the talent show. The camera, which seems indifferent but actually stays close to the sentiments of the subject like the Dardenne brothers, tugs at the heartstrings. The biggest virtue of this film is that it contains no sympathy for the subject in its perspective. Byoung-hwa keeps changing the position of the eye patch covering his eye that isn’t even sick. He seems to be making his way just fine, but we see that his need for attention rests lightly on his shabby eye patch. They say travelling teaches us many things, but this film shows that sometimes a trip that isn’t taken can teach us even more things. That is because even a trip, that does not even seem like a trip, taken by children who were unable to go on the official school trip gives the viewer a strange sense of comfort. This film puts to shame the adults who fight because they don’t want to spend money for kids’ meals.
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