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3.3
20 Ratings

Revivre

Hwajang

Directed by Im Kwon-taek
South Korea, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

A middle-aged man whose wife is dying of cancer finds himself wrestling with his desire for a beautiful young woman who has just joined his firm.

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Revivre Directed by Im Kwon-taek

Awards & Festivals

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2014 | Nominee: Achievement in Directing

Im Kwon-taek’s Revivre limns the crushing emotional torque on a near-retirement executive with a dying wife and fading future; clearly, Korea is sensing the ache of a population aging on the horizon.
June 30, 2015
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Im Kwon-taek’s 102nd feature Hwajang, rather absurdly titled Revivre for export because the Korean title is an untranslatable pun, broaches with astonishing candor the stoicism with which old people must face physical, moral, and intellectual decline.
January 06, 2015
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What makes Im’s treatment a little unusual is that the flashbacks aren’t presented as Oh’s memories. They are rearranged by the narrational authority of the film itself, rather than by situations that provoke Oh to recall this or that incident. We’re restricted to Oh’s range of knowledge throughout, but that doesn’t draw us closer to him. We have to read his mind through his expressions and his gestures, and these are often severely controlled.
October 06, 2014
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