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South Korea, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Im Sang-soo

“An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.” - Hollywood Reporter

Controversial Korean director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer's Wife, MIFF 04; The President's Last Bang, MIFF 05) reconfigures and modernises a classic of Korean cinema into a sophisticated gothic thriller of camp proportions.

Employed as a maid in an upper-class household, Euny (Jeon Do-youn; Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08) falls victim to the chauvinism of Hoon, a composer and man of leisure. His wife Hera and her wicked mother soon put plans into motion to remove Euny from the house, by whatever means necessary. The gleaming, modern domestic environment is dramatically transformed into a theatre of discord as the feathers begin to fly.

Director Im Sang-soo is a guest of the Festival.

D/S Im Sang-soo P Jason Chae Dist Madman Entertainment L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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