Sunday, September 12, 2004


The next film by Korean director Kim Ki-Duk is a brilliant take on the disconnect between reality and fantasy in modern society. A homeless man drifts through a city squatting in homes where the owners are on vacation. He eats some of their food, takes a shower, sleeps in their bed and usually takes a picture of his stay. He repays the favour by fixing little things in their house. In one home he is caught by one of the owners, a young woman who used to be a model, but is now a housewife. She has bruises on her face. She leaves with him and joins him in his benevolent squatting. They are sometimes caught by the owners and some less than pleasant things happen. It is a difficult movie to describe. There is almost no dialogue, much in the same way of Ki-Duk's previous film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...And Spring.
In the complexities of modern living, every person has a way to deal with the unpleasant parts. Television, vacation to the lake or a theme park, a round of golf or even holing up in your house and not going out can offer a temporary escape. When the escape eclipses the reality priorities get turned around and life can become surreal and disconnected. The hero of 3-iron lives each day of his life in a new small microcosm of reality and manages to bring in someone else for a very unique connection.
The best film at the festival so far.


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