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The Journals Of Musan

The Journals Of Musan (2011)

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Director Park plays a North Korean defector trying to make an honest living in South Korea, where he is continuously faced with the harsh difficulties of fitting into capitalist society. This lonely introvert finds odd jobs in the city that often lead to pain and trouble, but he manages to hold on to some romantic curiosity-and to a fluffy dog who becomes his one reliable source of companionship. This meticulous, almost neorealist portrait hovers between observation and judgment, attachment and

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Seungchul's rotisserie of pain is almost worth enduring just to get to the film's climax: the most knee-jerk tragedy in the world becomes, in Park's hands, one devastating bitter-victory lap.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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By playing Seung-chul as extremely sullen, and by constantly calling attention to his disheveled appearance, Park also provokes viewers to blame the character for his own problems- and thus confront their similarity to the movie's hard-hearted citizens.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Eventually we learn that a haircut and a new suit don't make for a better man, which seems like a small lesson after what we've been through.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A journey through a world of moral and ethical conundrums makes a sobering couple of hours, and also a lively discussion afterwards for amateur Christian theologians.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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The film features one of the most beautifully directed scenes I've seen in a long time

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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If The Journals of Musan indicates anything, it's that people, for the most part, either can't or simply aren't willing to comprehend the circumstances behind others' actions.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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