So Yong Kim’s Portrait of An Absent Father, ‘For Ellen’

“Please stop. You’re going to make me sad.” The pivotal moment in So Yong Kim’s heartbreaking portrait of paternal irresponsibility is when the namesake of the film speaks up in a whisper: “Please stop. You’re going to make me sad.” Her father, whom she met for the first time just hours before, fears he may never see her…