Whatever its moral complexities, A Girl at My Door lacks the nuanced sense of everyday ups and downs that’s so strong in [Lee Chang-dong’s] films. Nothing here happens without a defined narrative purpose, and the feeling that a moral conundrum is being mechanically worked out is hard to shake. The best you can say for the by-the-numbers plotting is that it’s mercifully free of didacticism and open to moral ambiguities. Still, as a debut feature this is an achievement by any measure.
September 07, 2015