South Korea. 2008. 123 min., 35 mm, color, in Korean with English subtitles. Directed by Lee Yoon-ki. With Jeon Do-yeon and Ha Jeong-woo.
“It’s an artful, slightly absurdist romance, reminiscent of the gender-war comedies of Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach) but more straightforward, with its meanings, and its feelings, much closer to the surface.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Lee Yoon-ki (‘This Charming Girl’) the guru of transient modern love and master raconteur has directed his best film yet. Eloquently scripted, with finely tuned dialogue, immaculate characterization and emotions that are brewed like coffee until the aroma comes out…" – Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter
Introduction by John Berra, Nanjing University, Film Studies, Lecturer.
A woman (Jeon Do-yeon, winner of the Best Actress award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival – the first Korean ever to receive an acting award there) shows up unexpectedly at her ex-boyfriend’s favorite betting haunt and demands that he repay a $2,600 debt. In a seductive but stumbling waltz of minor-league emotions, Lee’s beautifully crafted sentimental journey subtly interrogates the two troubled spirits of the ex-lovers as they embark on an uneasy road trip to gather the money, drifiting between disparate melancholy directions and small jolts of desire. Based on the short novel by Azuko Taira.
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- March 3, 2012
- 4:30 pm