So-tong-gwa Geo-jit-mal

Ignoring conventions and rules about formats or likeable characters, in his self-assured debut Lee Seungwon tells an uncomfortable story about a man and a woman who both find themselves in an extreme state of mind - a state that we cannot understand and which we would prefer to look away from.
Shot in black-and-white, this story told partly in flashbacks with excellent acting focuses on a cleaning woman and a teacher. She displays self-destructive behaviour as a result of a terrible tragedy. He is unhappy, has suppressed feelings and incessantly phones the council about all kinds of trifles. Where she seeks extremes, including excessive sex and lies, he is introverted. When these two damaged souls meet at work, a bond results and they go travelling together. But their inability to communicate breaks the vulnerable relationship and this again has tragic consequences.

Filmmaker
Lee Seungwon
Premiere
International premiere
Country
South Korea
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
103’
Language
Korean
Producer
Kim Sangsu
Production Company
Surplus Project
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Writer
Lee Seungwon
Editor
Choi Yongwoon
Cast
Jang Sun, Kim Kwonhoo