A Matter of Interpretation
In his playful and humorous second film, Lee demonstrates his narrative talent, if only by not getting lost when he allows his characters (including pushy detectives and unemployed actors) to interpret each other’s dreams. Once again, we can describe the former assistant to Hong Sang-soo as his sorcerer’s apprentice. Nominated for The Big Screen Award
Four years ago, Escher’s famous lithograph of two hands drawing each other was the inspiration for his labyrinthine debut Romance Joe, Lee told the Daily Tiger in 2011. This preference for stories within stories also forms the basis of this dreams-in-dreams narrative, a light-hearted homage to the art of association.
Dissatisfaction about a failed audition and lost love leaves stage actress Yeon-Shin on a bench in a park where she strikes up a conversation with a police detective about her dreams. He hardly ever dreams himself, but this stranger is able to explain other people’s dreams in detail.
As if floating from one cloud to another, we step from one dream into another, while the fears and frustrations of the characters are reflected in one another’s dreams. The result is a playful journey through the maze of the spirit, the last place where we can get lost because there isn’t any navigation system to show us the way.