Director: JULY JUNG

119 minutes, South Korea, 2014, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released on Friday 25th September 2015 and is no longer screening.

July Jung’s debut feature stars Bae Doo-na (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Cloud Atlas) as Young-Nam, a police officer whose promising career has stalled following a personal scandal and her transfer to a remote village. There she encounters 14-year-old Do-Hee (Kim Sae-ron), who is bullied by her classmates and abused by drunken stepfather Yong-Ha (Song Sae-byeok), whose behaviour, given his position as the area’s main employer providing its economic livelihood, is overlooked by locals, including the authorities. Concerned for her safety, Young-Nam takes Do-Hee in temporarily, a decision that causes complications once the younger woman, unused to kindness, fixates on the elder and begins to imitate her.

The intriguing dynamic between the two women is well served by the mesmerising performances from the two leads in this dark and gripping depiction of the clash between modernity and tradition in Korean society. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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