Return to Seoul | BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023 | BREC

Return to Seoul (M)

Run Time 119 mins
Ticket Prices From $12-$19
For the best value on your cinema tickets, pick up a Full or Mini BREC Cinesaver booklet!
Presented By BREC

France, Germany, South Korea | English, French, Korean with Subtitles | Drama | 119 minutes

M: Mature themes, coarse language and brief nudity
Director/Creator: Davy Chou
Cast: Park Ji-min, Oh Kwang-rok, Guka Han

BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023

View Sessions
12 July 2023
2:00 pm
13 July 2023
7:30 pm
21 July 2023
2:30 pm
View Sessions

Return to Seoul (M)

A twenty-five-year-old French woman returns to Korea, the country she was born in before being adopted by a French couple, for the very first time. She decides to track down her biological parents, but her journey takes a surprising turn. A visceral search for identity, Return to Seoul explores themes of international adoption, culture and home.

Return to Seoul premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and is an authentic story of a young woman’s search for identity, and of the changing relationships that shape it.

Freddie (Park Ji-Min) was adopted when she was very young, born in South Korea and raised in France. She’s assertive, captivating, restless and hard to pin down. At 25 years old, she spontaneously decides to visit Seoul for the first time since her adoption. Egged on by a friend, she then attempts to reconnect with her biological parents and the culture she had to leave behind. Spanning eight years, her journey of self-discovery and healing takes Freddie from South Korea’s vibrant, neon-soaked capital to its tranquil port cities, in search of a better understanding of her own identity, culture and family.

‘A funny, melancholy, music-laced film that surprised me from start to finish.’
John Powers, NPR

‘Few movies have ever been more perfectly in tune with their protagonists than Davy Chou’s jagged, restless, and rivetingly unpredictable Return to Seoul.’
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

‘Return to Seoul” is a startling and uneasy wonder, a film that feels like a beautiful sketch of a tornado headed directly toward your house.’
New York Times

‘One of the best films of the year.’
The Playlist

‘A film that recognises there is no single answer to questions like ‘who are you?’ or ‘where do you come from’. Stirring, constantly surprising stuff — with an arresting debut turn from Ji-Min Park.’
John Nugent, Empire Magazine



BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023


Full: $19.00
Concession/Student: $17.00
Under 18: $12.00
Group 8: $14.00


Full Cinesaver (Book 11): $176
Full Cinesaver Concession (Book 11): $154
Mini Cinesaver (Book 5): $85
Mini Cinesaver Concession (Book 5): $75

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