A master of intensely emotional human dramas, director Lee Chang-dong is a leading light of contemporary Korean cinema, and his place on the international stage was cemented by this stirring and unpredictable work examining grief and deliverance.
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Very well acted by Jeon Do-yeon, but somehow too novelistic for me -it really lacks visual flair. It's like filming a novel in an economical, tasteful way, and nothing more. But I want blood and colour and movement in a film to consider it exceptional, and a view of cinema as an art form, not merely a means for telling a story.
even those in pain can be hypocrites, generosity becomes acrimony when you have no one to bestow it upon. the relief is only superficial, the resignation and magnanimity only neurotic lethargia, peace is volatile and madness comes dancing dressed as rebellion. the borders of affects are fluid and evanescent, slippery and mystifying, meandering through an unmapped territory and collective alienating faith.
A woman's personal tragedies lead her to God in this quietly powerful study of grief and modern religion. Opening on the sky and ending on the ground, SECRET SUNSHINE is a complete spiritual journey examining the effects of religion on those in mourning, and the hollow platitudes that represent either salvation or self-delusion.
An outstanding work of art that requires mandatory viewing from everyone, regardless of their religion. This film realistically depicts faith, how easily it can be gained and how quickly it can be lost.