The Call, also known as Call, is a 2020 South Korean thriller film. It was directed by Lee Chung-hyun and starring Park Shin-hye and Jeon Jong-seo. Based on the 2011 British-Puerto Rican film The Caller, The Call revolves around Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) and Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo), two women from different times who connect through a phone call that exchanges their destinations. It was released through the Netflix platform on November 27, 2020. The film's release date was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, 28-year-old Kim Seo-yeon loses her cell phone on her trip to visit her ill estranged mother in a rural area. Upon arriving at her parents' house, in ruins, she finds a decades-old cordless phone, through which he receives calls from a distraught woman who claims to be being tortured by her mother. After investigating the house, Seo-yeon realizes that the woman on the phone, Oh Young-sook, is living in the same house as her, but in 1999. The two can communicate over time with that phone, and they share information of their lives. Young-sook is an orphan and lives with her adoptive mother, who is her shaman, while Seo-yeon had lost her father in a fire for which she blames her mother, Eun-ae.
Young-sook, acting on the information Seo-yeon gives him, runs away from the house to avoid the fire that killed Seo-yeon's father. She succeeds, and Seo-yeon's reality changes: her mother and father are alive and well, and her home remains luxurious. However, Young-shook is punished by her mother and resents her because her life remains the same while Seo-yeon's improves.
Park Shin-hye as Kim Seo-yeon
Jeon Jong-seo as Oh Young-sook
Kim Sung-ryung as Eun-ae, Seo-yeon's mother
Lee El as Ja-ok, Young-sook's mother
Oh Jung-se as Seong-ho
Lee Dong-hwi as Baek Mi-hyun
Park Ho-san as Lord Kim, Seo-yeon's father