Love And… + QnA


Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu doesn’t do mainstream, and this four-chapter conundrum won’t please fans of car chases or gross-out comedies. But the involvement of several top Korean stars and the sheer wit and originality of the concept makes the film funny and sad in a way that plenty of viewers will find seductive. It starts from two small (and unexpectedly linked) incidents. A young woman visits her grandfather in a mental hospital and learns that he has developed feelings for a woman who works on the ward. A junior member of a film crew dares to argue with the director about the attitudes behind his script. Not much in the way of plot, but enough to trigger a suite of variations across the four chapters. Some events are consequences of the original incidents, others are altered replays of the incidents and yet others (a Chinese translation of Borges, a clip and much else) are digressions or footnotes. It all adds up to an exploration of dualities: colour and black-and-white, love and madness, acting and being, presence and absence. A high-protein menu, but Zhang’s touch is unfailingly light.

By Tony Rayns

Film info
2015. Directed by Zhang Lu, starring Park Hae-il, Ahn Sung-ki, Moon So-ri, Han Ye-ri, 70 mins.

Date: Saturday 14 Nov 2015, 19:00
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW

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