Roh Gyeong-Tae at IFFR
The Last Dining Table
The American journal Variety does occasionally get it right. This drama about family values, environmental pollution and other modern problems was rightly described as ‘a jewel’ with ‘superior composed tableaux’. This debut shows several ‘marginal’ lives in the poor district of the huge city of Seoul. Subtle and minimalist, sad but not pessimistic.
In a gripping and beautifully constructed narrative, victims and culprits of a car accident are linked by complex feelings of guilt. Roh (The Last Dining Table) makes an impression with his most narrative film so far. Substantial with bitter-sweet, chastening denouement.
Artist/filmmaker Roh has an impressively sombre world view; based on the sad fate of a Filipino-Korean family, he shows a decayed society where it’s impossible to distinguish between material and immaterial pollution. Those who can cope with this are rewarded with moments of mercy and magic.