Synopsis: A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kogonada
Production: Superlative Films / Depth of Field Productions
  7 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min






No, we were at the Miller House,

and now we're at the church.

Yeah, it's good.

That's nice.

Yeah, I will.

Yeah, later.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Well... right.


First Christian is considered...

one of the first modernist

churches in America.

In the United States.

Designed by Eliel Saarinen,

and Christians consider...

Notice how the Cross

and the doors...

and the clock are all


This design, Saarinen's design

is asy...

Saarinen's design

is asymmetrical...

yet still remains balanced.


Here you go. All right.

There you are. Hey.

Look, marginalia.

Nice. Anything good?

Not sure. Might just be grad

student gibberish.

If you do a database dive,

let me know.

Yeah, of course. What's up?

Wanna catch a film tonight?

I... I can't tonight, sorry.

I'm having dinner with a friend

in Bloomington.


Like a date?

No, no, it's just an old school


Mm-hm, whatever.

Do you have your Master's?

Sadly, yes.

Was it hard to get?

Depends on what you mean

by "hard." Why?

I was just talking to Aaron,

and he told me that as a rule...

they only give full-time

positions to MLS grads.

That's not completely true.

Claire doesn't have one.

She doesn't?

She has a Ph.D. in Lit.


Yeah, whatever you do,

don't get an MLS.

It was recently declared the

worst Master's for a job.




And yet you have a job.

I'm an exception.

Anyway, you don't want

to be a librarian.

I might.

No, you don't. What about that

Deborah Berke?

You'd be crazy to pass that up.

Yeah, that's not gonna happen.


Why not?

It's just not. You wouldn't


Yes, I would.



Come on. Let's go see him first.

[ELEANOR] I still can't believe

how old you are.

You look just the same.

- That's not true, but thank you.

- You do.

You're sweet.

[ELEANOR] So how do you like

being back in Seoul?


It's okay.


What are you doing there?

I got a job at a publisher,

translating books into Korean...

from English.

That sounds interesting.

It is... not.

It's pretty painful, actually.

Um, I'm on deadline now. I just

got off the phone with them.

They don't expect you to work

while you're here, do they?

I think they do.

You know, it's that Korean


"We're so sorry, the family

is the most important thing...

"but really work is the most

important thing...

"so you better finish that

f***ing translation on time."

That can't be true.

We'll see.

I wish you were staying

another day.

I know... but I was supposed

to be in Chicago...

a few days ago with your father.

And I have my work...

my husband.

I know. You've already done

so much.

I can't believe this happened.

[ELEANOR] He was doing fine and

then just... I'm sorry.

I just...

I owe him so much.

Your father means everything

to me.

Is there anything else I can

get you guys?

No, I think we're ready

for the...

Can I get another beer?

Definitely. Another glass of


No, thanks.



He didn't even tell me he was

coming on this trip.

Did he tell you that?


That's about right.

Did he mention me at all?

We talked a little.

What did he say?


Did he tell you that we haven't

spoken in over a year?

You're all he has.

That has never been the case.

He has his students... his work.

You're his son.

You've been watching too much

Korean drama.

- Here you go.

- Thank you.

Can we have the check?

Sure, I'll be right back.

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Kogonada is a writer and a director, known for his debut film Columbus (2017); before that he made a name for himself in the film world as an "academic-turned-filmmaker" by creating video essays about well-known directors, including Wes Anderson, Yasujirō Ozu, and Stanley Kubrick. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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