Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Starring: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton
Distributor: A24
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Minari is the kind of movie that’s best enjoyed whenever you have some quiet time for yourself. The semi-autobiographical A24 film by Lee Isaac Chung is about a South Korean immigrant family adjusting to rural life in Arkansas. Jacob (Steven Yeun) and Monica (Han Ye-ri) move their two children, Anne (Noel Cho) and David (Alan Kim) from California to help the father in his dreams of becoming a farmer, growing Korean vegetables to sell to Korean-American communities in Arkansas and neighboring states. The film might move slowly but it’s filled with tender, heartfelt moments, especially in the scenes between the children and their grandmother Soonja (Youn Yuh-jung), which landed the North Korean native the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The family struggles as they realize that their version of the American Dream includes living in a mobile home, marital issues, and struggling to find a church community that accepts them in their new town. The movie may have been categorized as a foreign film by the Golden Globes, but this story is as American as they come. —Karla Rodriguez