Magazine article Screen International

'ALONE': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'ALONE': Review

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Dir/scr: Park Hong-min. South Korea. 2015. 90mins.

Filmed in one of Seoul's most poorly-developed districts, ALONE is relentless in its attempts to convey a nightmarish, dream-like state as a man repeatedly runs from his own murder. This is a bold, unique and compelling feature from A Fish director Park Hong-min that should stand out at this year's Busan International Film Festival and enjoy a healthy run on the festival circuit.

The film opens with a POV shot of a murder scene where the film's central character Su-min (Lee Ju-won) is anxiously cleaning up blood offthe floor. It then moves outside, where Su-min is taking pictures of a woman being attacked on a neighbouring rooftop. Men in balaclavas see him, give chase, find him, and clobber him to death with a hammer. He then wakes up on a small gazebo to find himself naked. He begins walking around the maze of alleys where he encounters one of the men, is killed again, and wakes up in the same place - only this time with his clothes on.

Amongst this web of dreams and memories is a series of encounters with people that appear related to his life, including his mother and girlfriend Ji-yeon. But Su-min is unable to escape these alleyways and wake up, as he faces his past and talks about the fear of being alone. …

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