By Eric Campos | January 25, 2006

Sorry, no Cure affiliation here. However, the mope factor of this film is so high, that Robert Smith would have to cheer.

Geez, can you imagine Robert Smith cheering?

Welcome to the life of a Korean immigrant teenager struggling to fit into American life. You will observe it very closely. It’s a quiet life and it’s not punched up for short attention span audiences. It’s the subtleties of this awkward existence that will capture your attention if slow observational pieces such as this one are your cup of tea. They are mine and I was totally engrossed.

Aimie has it kind of rough. She’s a teenager. She’s a Korean immigrant whose English is a little shaky. And she’s a latch key kid. AWKWARD! Yet, Aimie tries to make the best of it. She walks through the snow to school, keeps to herself, makes her own food at home, basically lives by her own strict schedule. She’s a well disciplined kid, but she’s all alone, all except for her best friend Tran, a little hottie she winds up falling in love with, even though he is a bit of a punk a*s. The relationship between the two friends grows closer, but Aimie is only willing to go so far sexually and she soon finds herself losing Tran to another girl. Oh, teenage immigrant life, you’ve done it again…

The camera lingers on the characters’ minimal, but expressive actions, allowing the viewer to soak in their emotions rather than having them related to us through dialogue. In doing so, “In Between Days” is more of an experience than your average movie.

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