Magazine article Screen International

‘An Old Lady’: Busan Review

Magazine article Screen International

‘An Old Lady’: Busan Review

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An elderly Korean woman accuses a male hospital worker of rape

Dir/scr: Lim Sun-ae. South Korea. 2019. 97mins.

Lim Sun-ae’s refreshing, mysterious and engrossing feature debut centres on a generation that is often overshadowed by the problems facing Korea’s young people. Focusing on a 69-year-old woman who accuses a physical therapist assistant of rape, it tackles the difficulties in reporting and proving such a crime while also revealing the day-to-day struggles experienced by those much older.

An Old Lady is a well-composed feature with excellent lensing from Seh Rodrigo Park

As a New Currents title in Busan, it has secured the perfect place to hit the festival circuit, as it should gain some attention before attracting potential invites from other events. The film could also benefit from Ki Joo-bong’s leading role – he received the Leopard for Best Actor in Locarno for his role in Hong Sang-soo’s Hotel by the River, and also starred in Lim Dae-hyung’s Merry Christmas Mr Mo that also premiered in New Currents in 2016.

Ki stars alongside Ye Su-jeong who plays Hyo-jeong, an elderly woman receiving treatment following surgery at a hospital. There she alleges that a young male assistant raped her and reports it to the police, but the aid, Joong-ho (Kim Jung-yeong), claims it was consensual.

Without any evidence the police are unable to prosecute, while gaps in Hyo-jeong’s memory raise doubts. …

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