Columbus
Director: 
Kogonada
Year: 
2017
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
100 mins
Cast: 
John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey

Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

“The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed ‘Columbus’ is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“The hypnotically paced drama carried by the serendipitous odd-couple pairing of John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson is lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch.” - Variety

“’Columbus is a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart.” - Indiewire

“A gentle but sharply defined story, brimming with grace, compassion and performances of perfect naturalism, it is unashamedly intellectual yet deeply human.” - The Playlist

“The existence of a debut as confident and allusive as Columbus is almost as improbable as the existence of Columbus, Ind., where the movie is set.” - The New York Times

“The drama is a realistic and methodical meditation on family obligation, personal sacrifice and — of course — the power of architecture. That makes Columbus as lovely to look at as it is to ponder.” - The Washington Post

“Watching the film is almost like feeling the muscles in your eyes shift, as you look up from reading a book to stare out at the ocean.” - RogerEbert.com

“Delicate business is being transacted in Columbus, a whisper-soft debut from Kogonada that nonetheless results in something unique and unforgettable. It's pure cinema.” - Rolling Stone