Juri, 25, is shaken out of her homebound lethargy when her mother asks her to fill in at her kimbap (seaweed rice rolls) shop. Juri has never learned how to make kimbap, but she reluctantly takes over while her mother stays with Juri's ailing grandmother. There is little glamour or excitement in the running of the shop, but Juri's change in routine slowly starts to have an effect on her.
Director Kwak Min-seung's debut feature may appear at first glance to be about nothing much at all. But as time passes, it accumulates a surprising emotional weight. For sure, the relaxed pace of Rolling gives the talented actors Shim Dal-gi (as Juri) and Jung Eun-kyeong (as her mother) room to breathe, resulting in wholly natural and convincing performances. Ultimately, this is the kind of soft-spoken storytelling that can only be found in independent cinema.
Rolling is screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival.
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