Soom (Breath) Reviews
Another great film from my favorite South Korean film director Ki-duk Kim (sorry Chan-wook Park!). Interesting throughout and well-acted.
Her visits become progressively elaborate as she starts bringing props, costumes and scenic wallpaper as she courts the young man imprisoned for murdering his family. She sings him karaoke songs attempting to cheer him up.
The entire production is watched closely by a shadowy man via security cam with his finger on a button to sound the alarm when the pair get too close.
Meanwhile, back in his cell shared by 3 other men - he is constantly stuck between a rock (larger prisoner) and a soft place (affectionate gay fellow-inmate) and seems to count the minutes until he can finally die.
His suicide attempts leave him speechless because he stabs himself in the neck with a sharpened toothbrush.
In the end, this film really doesn't make much of itself. I think Kim Ki Duk is talented, but this one feels like leftovers from 3-iron and other films he's done. He's definitely an art-house director, but this one is a little light on the substance.
Good points - the building the couple live in is a beautiful example of artistic modern architecture. The acting is superb. In spite of being somewhat empty and a little slow at times, it's pretty interesting.
It's really one of his weaker films, but it's watchable.
I think it would have been much more poignant had the actors payed more attention to details.
Somehow, his silent characters always move me the most.