Friday, August 03, 2007

My Friend and His Wife (Shin Dong-il, 2007)

**½
South Korea

What begins as a gentle romantic comedy with a curious focus on the corporeal (i.e. an exemplary relaxed attitude to the depiction of sex, nudity, birth and various viscous substances) is derailed by a grave tragedy round the 40-minute mark, after which much of the screen-time is devoted to characters staring grimly/vacantly just past the edge of the frame and blurting out pregnant, vaguely contemplative-sounding musings on matters of life and death.

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