A widow lives quietly with her mentally challenged son in a small South Korean town. They’re plunged into a nightmare when a girl is brutally murdered, and the son is the prime suspect. Betrayed by the legal system, the mother takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name.
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KOREAN HYSTERIA. Great virtuosity masking a grand void. How this film found itself in different festivals is a total mystery. Better rewatch HERZOG's "Kaspar Hauser" or TAVERNIER's "Juge & the assassin". === Hystérie coréenne. Beaucoup de virtuosité mais aussi un grand vide. Comment ce film se retrouva dans différents festivals est un mystère total. Revoir plutôt "Le Juge & l'Assassin" ou "L'Enigme de Kaspar Hauser".
It's so refreshing to see a thriller where you have no idea what direction it's going to bounce in next. A labyrinth of personal/societal delusion, where the revelation along the way is that the kids aren't alright, and the adults can't be relied on either. Very well balanced and paced, with a perfectly weird atmosphere. Better than Oldboy, says I!
Even better than Memories of Murder. Joon-ho Bong is one of the most important filmmakers working today. His films have an understaded sense of classicism and elegance combined with hard edged suspense and deep sympathy for his characters. The performances are phenomenal, and the cinematography perfectly evokes life in the sleepy Korean hamlet. Don't miss this one.
Visto una seconda volta è ancora meglio. Ritmo paludoso ma ci sta tutto...alcune scene sono da urlo (quella del locale con l'avvocato ubriaco è strepitosa). Una stella in più rispetto alla prima visione.
Arguably one of the best Korean film ever made. Brilliant cinematography, top notch storytelling, and solid yet crazy performance from Hye-ja Kim as the leading character. This is absolutely psychological thriller at it's best. (And requires multiple viewing too.)