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Sunday, October 09, 2005

This Charming Girl Review

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I've been meaning to watch this Korean flick since getting the DVD 3 mths ago from my neighborhood DVD pirate..... Brudder
Loe, who watched it in this year's Singapore International Film Festival, has also been bugging me to watch it...

First of all, this film is not for everybody. Ppl expecting a fast-paced popcorn flick will be terribly disappointed. This Charming Girl is more of an art-house film than anything else.


The film is a beautifully acted, sensitive character study that brings us into the sad, lonely life of a wounded young woman, Jeong-Hye. The leisurely paced plot slowly peels away the layers of Jeong-Hye's complex life, revealing how a series of traumatic experiences have led to her current boring, lonely & somewhat routine lifestyle. We are inexplicably drawn into her world, all curious to find out how & why such a well-mannered, charming, beautiful milfy woman is living like this...

As the whole film is focussed on Jeong-Hye, the casting is the most important. The actress playing Jeong-Hye is unbelievably talented, blessed with ability to potray a myriad of emotions with just a look or gesture. Long, lingering close-ups of her are immensely poignant & powerful scenes to behold.

This Charming Girl is a fine & haunting attempt at showing us how past traumas can entrench themselves into one's current lifestyle. If you are totally sick of mindless, crowd-pleasing, fast-paced Hollywood blockbusters and yearn for something different, I would definitely recommend this little gem of a movie.

2 Comments:

Larry Loe said...

bro, did this review really come from you? The tone is so un-flatulence, which i had come to associate with sharp poking criticism or passionate approval.

Must be the charming actress.. softening you on a Sunday evening.

Did it make U think there could be some "charming girls" just living next door, or taking the same bus on the way to work every morning, or buying char-siew rice from the kopitiam that U frequent?

Jo said...

I dunno also...
It just seems more apt to mellow down the review abit.
It feels wrong to critique the movie as per norm. I think most ppl would just cast it aside as another korean drama... you have to give it the respect it deserves...
I mean come on, it's hard to maintain a upbeat, cheery mood after watching it...