New(ish) director Iris K. Shim, and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy) are teaming up this Spring to bring a very scary mother-daughter horror story to screens.
Umma introduces us to Amanda (Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) who are living a seemingly idyllic, off-the-grid existence on their little bee farm when the cremated remains of Amanda’s mother are delivered from Korea. The cracks in the relationship between Amanda and her daughter start to show after the box of remains is reluctantly received. I wouldn’t want them either after seeing all of the spooky stuff Amanda deals with. Was this expected? Is this why she’s been hiding out on a farm, isolated from her family and the rest of society?
Shim, who also wrote the script, was heavily influenced by Korean folktales about the power of vengeful spirits so Amanda’s fear of becoming her mother may be more rooted in possession than psychology.
Umma also stars Dermot Mulroney, Tom Yi and MeeWha Alana Lee. It opens in theaters on March 18th.