Director: Jang Hye-yeong
Cast: Jang Hyeyeong, Jang Hyejeong, Yoon Jeongmin
Film genre: Documentary
Cert 12, 98 mins, 2018
Distributed by CINEMADAL
Since being sent to a home for people with disabilities at the age of 13, Hyejeong has spent more than half of her life away from her family. Reflecting on the lack of agency Hyejeong has had over the decisions made in her life, her older sister Hyeyeong decides to bring her back to Seoul and make a film as they adjust to their new life together. Encountering bureaucratic obstacles and trying out schools for her, Hyeyeong discovers she has a lot to learn about Hyejeong’s needs, as well as her own. As Hyejeong knocks back coffee like there’s no tomorrow, the sisters bond over music, and Hyeyeong considers the pressures and expectations put on carers, and the importance of having a supportive community.
Occasionally turning the camera on the sisters’ friends, Grown Up is a tender and intimate film that is not afraid to show vulnerability and explore the mistakes made along the way.