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Broker – TIFF 2022

Broker

Broker – TIFF 2022

Synopsis:
Boxes that are left out for people to anonymously drop off their unwanted babies.

A pair of human traffickers are joined by an unwanted baby's mother to find new parents to sell it to in . So-young () is a young mother who drops her baby off at a box at the Busan Family Church, who is then intercepted by church worker Dong-soo () and laundry-owner Sang-hyun (), who are partners in a human trafficking ring, where they sell unwanted babies to wealthy new parents. However, Dong-soo and Sang-hyun are surprised when So-young returns wanting her child back. The three end up going on a roadtrip to find new parents for So-young's baby, all while being pursued by detective Ji-Sun () and her colleague (Lee Joo-young).

Broker is drama from director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters) about an unconventional family made of of human traffickers Dong-soo and Sang-hyun, So-young, the mother of the baby they are trying to sell, and orphan boy Hai-jin (Seung-soo Im), who stows away aboard Sang-hyun's van. During the road trip to find her parents of So-young's baby, the group ends up bonding in unexpected ways, all while detective Ji-Sun finds a way to entrap them.

Broker is a film that is just as heart-warming as it is heart-wrenching. Over the course of the story, we learn of So-young's dark past and the reasons why she felt the need to abandon her baby. There is almost a point in the film where you want this ragtag family to stay together as a unit, which only serves to make the final act of Broker all the more heartbreaking.

Trailer for Broker – TIFF 2022

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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