In response to a sudden dismissal of staff, workers at a big retail store begin a protest against their employer's oppressive labor policies.
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★★★★ review by Smitty 🌟 on Letterboxd
That was brutal.
After all the staggering allegations about Harvey Weinstein were revealed, Elizabeth Bruenig made a very good point that I’m going to paraphrase. Weinstein (and others like him) were able to abuse their power for so long because workers rights are trampled upon. It’s really not all that hard to see how sexual harassment and abuse are linked to not paying workers a decent livable wage, wrongful termination, etc. This is a film about women fighting for their dignity, peacefully, while the police, acting like a military force, respond with violence. It’s devastating but it’s also very beautiful.
Oddly enough this film made me think of my mom and aunt. They didn’t have a similar experience but they were both immigrants working minimum wage jobs, so I have to wonder.
The end credits also features the lovely “Crying Out” (which I’m listening to right now) sung by Kyungsoo who played Tae-young. He’s the reason I watched and although his role is not that big, he still makes an impression. Of course he’s an acting genius!! I love my boy so much, there’s nothing he can’t do!
★★★★★ review by Maya on Letterboxd
In every scene a woman sets things in motion, like Sun-hee (Yum Joon-ah) encouraging her manager Dong-Joon (Kim Kang-woo) to join the Union in their fight against their company's rampant power-tripping towards its employees or young Ji-Woo (Soo-Kyung) throwing her shoe at a convenience store's glass door in protest due to the manager's unfair treatment of his friend Tae-young (EXO's Do Kyungsoo). Scenes like this made an impression on me in the sense that it felt unusual, when it shouldn't be. I've seen situations like this all around me: my paternal grandmother still tending to her family in her 70s like she hasn't aged a day, or with women in my workplace working tirelessly every night (some with a baby on the way, too.)
It just goes to show that movies like this - movies that illustrate wonderful, realistic portraits of women - are sorely needed in the movie industry. With nuanced, powerful performances by its cast and a story steeped in social relevance, Cart is a testament to the working woman's inner strength and valor.
★★★½ review by Sam on Letterboxd
Retail workers are people too. Employers taking advantage of those just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck is unforgivable.
★★★½ review by bárbara on Letterboxd
kyungsoo if you read this im free on thursday night and would like to hang out. please respond to this and then hang out with me on thursday night when i'm free
★★★★½ review by hana on Letterboxd
this movie just reminds me of everyday life and everyday people. it touched me so much.
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