Expat Cinema: Return to Seoul (English subtitles)

Wednesday 26th of April 2023 (one-off screening)

Movie lover but trouble understanding Dutch subtitles? Join Lumen’s EXPAT CINEMA screenings. Every Wednesday we screen the best foreign language movies with English subtitles. Our café is the perfect place to hook up for a good coffee or special beer before and after the film.

While on a spontaneous trip to her birth country South Korea, 25-year-old Freddie, who was adopted and raised in France, decides to look for her biological parents on a whim.


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The fierce young woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her from quiet villages to bustling nightclubs. In an elliptical narrative spanning eight years, Freddie’s life takes unexpected turns that challenge who she thought she was and who she could become.

After winning the Jury Award for his film Diamond Island in 2017, director Davy Chou now presents Return to Seoul, in which he skillfully avoids all sentimental pitfalls. By ingeniously playing with Freddie’s powerful, unpredictable character, he creates a cinematic masterpiece. Return to Seoul is a daring search for meaning and stability in the existential rollercoaster called life.