Little Forest

Synopsis: A young woman grows tired of life in the city and returns to her hometown in the countryside.
Genre: Drama
103 min


"Mi-sung-Li is a rural village

famous for rice and apples."

"To buy anything,

I have to go into town."

"It takes close to an hour

to go and come back."


"I came down to my childhood home

from Seoul 3 months ago at winter."


"When it's cold,

I crave dough soup."

"The dough must sit for 2 hours.

Perfect time to clean the snow."


"One sip of dough soup

when I'm freezing..."

"There is no more rice

or flour left."

"I have to go into town

or report to my aunt."

Or I could starve.

"I don't want anyone to know

that I'm here."

Song Hae-won!

"When did you come down?

Why didn't you call!"

"I was going to

after chopping firewood."

Don't lie.

You should've called right away.

I'll fall!

Welcome home.

I missed you.

"But why'd you come?

Did you pass the exam?"

Why didn't you call me first!

Did your boyfriend pass?

Well, ah...

"Some friends hit you

where it hurts."

Eun-sook is like that.

I get it.

You failed and he passed, huh.

"It hurts your pride

so you came to hide?"

You did that before too!

"- When you did bad on your tests.

- Stop!"

You kept quiet to yourself.

That's why you came, right?

No. I came because I'm hungry.

Not because you're jealous?

I'm really hungry.


Should we call Jae-ha over?


How long has he been back?

"Jae-ha went to a university nearby

and got a job right away."

"Since I went to school in Seoul,

we naturally lost touch."

"He helped his parents farm

and started a small orchard."

Number 12, please!

"Eun-sook graduated from college

and got a job at the bank in town."

"Since she's never lived away,

she complains how boring it is here."

"Her dream is to escape here

and live in the city."

"I worked and studied for

the teacher certification exam."

My life in Seoul was stifling too.

Instant food didn't fill me up.

"I meant it when I said

I came back because I'm hungry."

Thanks for the food!


Hae-won, I passed the exam.

"I don't know how you did,

so I can't really be happy."

Call me. I'll be waiting.

Who is it?

"Wild boars come around

this time of year."

Doesn't the elk cry like humans?

Sounds like a crazy woman crying.

Stop it, Mommy! Please!


What are you doing here?

Aunt Bok-soon?

How'd you know I came?

"There's smoke coming off

your chimney."

I thought your mom was back.

How've you been?

Has Mom been by here?

"I wouldn't know.

I don't come by every day."

"She's not one to come

and say she's back."

Do you keep in touch?

Oh dear.

You're just like her.


"I thought your mom was odd.

You're unique too."

You're so much like her.

Of course, she's dad's sister.

"Come have breakfast

and take some food."

It's okay. I'm not staying long.

When are you leaving?

In 3 or 4 days.

"If Mom ever comes back,

don't tell her I was here."

"- Please?

- Okay..."

Come on. Let's go.

Eat slowly. You'll choke.

Why do you look so haggard?

Eat slowly!

"- But it's good!

- Why you..."

Try the pickle too.

"-Long time no see.

-Long time..."

What's the dog for?


Sleeping alone can be scary.

"How's this going to console me?

I'll go back soon anyway."

"Warm, living things

are comforting."

"If you're leaving soon,

why bring all that food?"

See ya.

"His name's Fivo!

He was the fifth one born."

Wait! Take him back!

"Sorry, Hoon.

I'll be in touch soon..."


"A few days after

my college entrance exams..."

Mom! I'm hungry!





"- Hi, Aunt Bok-soon.

- Hi."

"Where'd your mom go?

Didn't she say anything?"

"She came by earlier

and asked me to watch you."

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