Soom (Breath) (2007)
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Acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk returns with his 14th film as a director, a tender romantic drama centering on the unusual relationship between a condemned prisoner and a married female artist. Jin is a convicted killer awaiting execution on Death Row; Yeon is a lonely artist locked in a loveless marriage. When Jin's repeated attempts at suicide make the nightly news, Yeon finds her emotions stirred, and her curiosity peaked. Eventually, Yeon decides to pay a visit to Jin, and in the course of their many conversations the two lost souls forge an intimate bond. Upon catching wind of his wife's unconventional relationship, Yeon's husband grows increasingly jealous, and attempts to cease communications between her and the convicted killer. In the process, however, Yeon's husband begins to experience a profound personal transformation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Soom (Breath)
The cinematography is wonderful, but the plot is too vague. There could be a message here, but it's buried too deep to dig out.
A surreal convergence of sex, death and erotically charged assisted suicide via asphyxiation, and the weird way that a female object of desire can take your breath away, in more ways than one.
...a tender romance between a dejected housewife and a mute death-row prisoner that is surprisingly compassionate and even offers up a few moments of comic relief.
[Director Ki-duk] creates some startling images within the curious logic of his tale. It has something to do with inhaling badness and exhaling goodness but those expecting it to make sense shouldn't exactly hold their breath.
This story of a disenfranchised woman represents a step-down for the gifted South Korean helmer Kim Ki-Duk in an uneven film in which the parts are more interesting than the whole.
Audience Reviews for Soom (Breath)
A great drama in which Kim Ki-Duk explores once again many elements that he has used before in his previous films and he is so much fascinated with, such as love, silence, loneliness and the passage of time. A tender, sensitive story that has to be felt and experienced.More
Anothe masterwork by Kim Ki-duk, The story is strange but like his other films Soom is filled with magical ideas & impressive momentsMore
I love the films of Ki-duk Kim so much. Seriously he's fucking amazing. His subtle approach to film making allows to to wallow in his incredible images. His symbolism and lack of dialogue give you a chance to really get involved in the thought process of cinema. Breath is one his most difficult works, not just because of the plot but also as it appears to work in conjunction with many of his other films. Loneliness being a major theme that may keep away many viewers. He does however find the beauty in dark and disturbing themes, especially visual beauty. The snowmen created here, or the paintings within jail. It certainly deserves more than one watch.More
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