White Night

June 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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FRAMELINE FILM FESTIVAL.   I saw this Korean movie at Frameline, which is the big Gay & Lesbian film festival in San Francisco each year.  The story actually seems like an interesting one: a young gay pilot has lived in Germany for several years and is now back in Seoul on a 24 hour layover.  He had left Korea running away from a vicious homophobic assault he experienced that has left him distrustful and emotionally shut down.  He has arranged a trick while he is in town but, over the course of the night, the guy helps him get in touch with his repressed feelings.  Sounds interesting, right?  It wasn’t.  The man who played the lead was so emotionally disconnected that it was impossible to care about him.  I don’t  know if that was a stylistic choice of the director or a limitation of the actor but it ended up being a major hindrance.  The film had its charms, not the least of which was seeing the streets of Seoul at night, but in the end it left me feeling empty and not in the way it was intending.  I was not touched or sad; I was bored.


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