Ji-young works at a TV channel, her boyfriend Su-hyeon lectures in art. They’ve lived together for six years and are fundamentally happy in their more or less stable relationship. This changes when Ji-young senses that she’s pregnant and the question of starting a family comes up. The pair set out together to visit their families, Ji-young’s bourgeois parents and Su-hyeon’s dysfunctional clan in the provinces. The First Lap portrays the couple’s search for the core of their relationship and in almost naturalistic pictures examines the growing self-confidence of a young generation in terms of traditional family ideals, but without losing its light touch.
KIM DAE-HWAN (*1985 studied film and media design in Seoul. His debut feature End of Winter won the prize for young talent at the Busan festival. The First Lap is his second film and won the prize for best young director in Locarno.
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
OV with English subtitles
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