A simple story, beautifully told - that's what you're getting with Minari. This family drama is nominated for six Oscars - Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Music - and deserves every nod. After watching, plenty will hope that writer-director Lee Isaac Chung, his cast and crew will have more to celebrate come 25 April.

Looking for water...

Chung's semi-autobiographical film is set in 1980s Arkansas, where South Korean couple Jacob (Steve Yuen) and Monica (Yeri Han) and their American-born children David (Alan S Kim) and Anne (Noel Cho) are literally trying to put down roots. After years living in California, Jacob is pursuing his dream of owning a farm. His determination is huge but so is the snag list - and growing. Monica thinks they're now the proud owners of a white elephant; the kids are more worried about their parents fighting than anything else.

Steve Yuen and Yeri Han as Jacob and Monica

With Monica really feeling the strain, her mother Soonja comes from South Korea to live with them. Tough as she is funny, Soonja is superglue made human. There is much work for her to do.

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A celebration of the wonders of the great outdoors and the magic inside us all, Minari encourages viewers to take a look around and see the richness in their own world, the things Jacob and Monica are missing more through necessity than negligence. "We can make money and live without worries," he tells her. Ah yes...

Director Lee Isaac Chung (standing) on set with Will Patton (centre) and Steve Yuen (back to camera)

Although most attention has focused on Oscar nominees Yuen and Youn, all the performances are excellent - Chung brilliantly depicting the little victories and big moments that make up a life with those closest to us. In dividing the screen gold, he should have made sure there was more for Cho as daughter Anne and the friendship between Yuen's Jacob and Paul, the farmer worker played by Will Patton. That said, the gratitude felt after watching all these characters still arrives in bullion. This really is one for all the family.

This year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner? Yuh-Jung Youn is superb

The title? Water celery planted by Soonja. "Minari is truly the best," she tells young David, "it grows anywhere".

Your heart is the perfect spot.

Minari is available on VOD now.

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