Unclassified 18+
Lee Chang-dong, 132 mins, South Korea, 2002, 35mm, Korean with English subtitles. Courtesy: Korean Film Council.

Transgressive and disturbing in equal measure, Lee's powerful film is a love story involving two young people who have been abandoned by their families who deny them the affection and attention they both need.

Gong-ju (Moon So-ri) is a woman whose life has been paralysed by cerebral palsy. Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu) is a repugnantly obnoxious man, possibly intellectually disabled. The two meet, he sexually assaults her, and a passionate bond develops.

Lee deftly conjures a dense social context for his lovers. Unflinchingly moving, it won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.


Wed 5 Sep 2012, 9.20pm

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