London East Asia Film Festival: The Prayer

12A

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  • Director: Min Kyu-Dong
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Country: South Korea

In the future, those in need of care will be placed in the services of customised nursing robots that resemble a family member. However, their cost and upkeep creates yet another division in society between the haves and have-nots. For Yeon Jung-in (Lee Yoo-young, who also plays the robot), the AI appliance has been a godsend in looking after her mother, who has been in a coma for a decade. But when the unit begins to show concern for Yeon’s own health, the situation begins to unravel. Adapted from an episode of the 2020 TV anthology 'SF8' and with echoes of 'Black Mirror', Min Kyu-dong’s smart sci-fi offers a unique perspective on our future.

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