Na-young gets work at a post office and is offered
an opportunity to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to New Zealand
for job training. As she is about to embark on this long-awaited
dream trip, her father disappears, and Na-young learns that
he is very sick. Yeon-soon is nonchalant about it, and Na-young
decides to skip the trip and look for her father.
Her uncle tells her not to worry, that Jin-kook has returned
to her parent’s hometown, Ha Village. Na-young goes there
and discovers something out of the ordinary. She has gone back
in time 30 years. She meets her mother when Yeon-soon is only
20 years old. They become friends and Na-young watches as her
mother, who was innocent, kind, and caring then, nothing like
the person she becomes in the future, sacrifices her education
to work hard and pay for her little brother’s education.
Thus Na-young learns why her mother is always trying to give
her advice and encourage her not to make the same decisions she
Na-young also gets to see her mother fall in love with her
father, an emotion that also seems diminished in the present
When Na-young returns to real time, she finds her father is
dying. Yeon-soon, who is very stubborn, makes it to Ha Village
Jin-kook passes away.
This film is a cautionary tale that attempts to give children
who dislike their parents a different appreciation for them.
In giving Na-young an understanding of how things may change
a person as time goes by, the film is similar to The Notebook,
a film in which a mother doesn’t want her daughter’s
life to be like hers, but better.
The film is in Korean with English subtitles.