It was one day after summer vacation, in 2008. Sojeong, a senior high school student, lives with her sick mother, but dreams to live alone and be a musician though the reality is frustrating. Just listening to music on MP3 and writing down the lyrics of the songs she wrote on her mini-homepage is Sojeong´s only escape.
To the high school senior Sojeong, home was a trap she wished to escape. It was a yoke that chained her desire to make music and live freely. Nineteen tells the story of Sojeong who gains unexpected freedom from her mother’s sudden death. Immediately after her mother’s death, Sojeong lives in anxiety until she begins to adapt to her new reality. Seonghyun, a friend that Sojeong makes during her practical training at a factory, gives wings to her dream of pursuing music. But there are no real adults around Sojeong. The film shows the way the scent of freedom and passion for music that Sojeong had are gradually extinguished in the indifference of the grownups. Yet rather than pointing out the problems in the social welfare system, it focuses on the turbulence of emotions swelling inside a girl’s heart. Concise descriptions without a hint of exaggeration and dry dialogue plainly and clearly show the situation that Sojeong finds herself in. (MOON Seok)
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