Masterpiece: My Beautiful Girl, Mari

Gorgeous to behold, the Korean animated film My Beautiful Girl, Mari merits every effort you can make to see it on the big screen.

The writer-director Lee Sung-gang studied psychology before becoming a filmmaker, a background that serves him well in telling the story of Nam-woo and Jun-Ho, a pair of schoolboys, aged about 11, who live in a rain-drenched seaside village. It’s late spring. When summer comes, Jun-Ho will move away to Seoul, and the movie mostly concerns their final days of swimming in the ocean and playing in a crumbling, abandoned lighthouse.

Nam-woo, whose father has died, laments, “Everyone leaves me too soon.”

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