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Vanity productions don't come much worse than One Third.
Nearly devoid of both dialogue and narrative cohesion.
A paper-thin wall within a grungy East Village apartment building separates good and evil, hope and despair and Eastern and Western practice in the slightly self-enamored yet generally affecting 1/3.
Kim has his cast emulate the melodramatic performance style of D.W. Griffith-era silents, but at some point this begins to torture the film into self-parody.
The sexual horror makes it difficult to watch at times, but a voyeuristic slant on The Divine Comedy sort of needs to be.
A valuable examination of the intersection of Eastern and Western philosophies from a distinctly Asian perspective.
The title eloquently speaks to the film's fractional success.
[font=Century Gothic]"One Third" is a movie that takes a unique approach by trying to tell a story in this day and age with almost no dialogue. Otherwise, it is a sleazy exploitation flick masquerading as a cautionary tale in a New York City where crime is rampant(In the opening scene, there are two simultaneous robberies occurring in Washington Square Park which might be a record.) and the police are corrupt.(I don't think they got the memo but it is not that bad anymore.) Into this milieu steps an artist(Ivo Velon) who accidentally creates a hole into a neighboring apartment where a prostitute(Diana Gitelman, who has the expressive face of a silent film star) lives and occasionally entertains her customers, pleasing him enormously.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]The movie badly misfires by trying to connect sadomasochism with the need to hurt other people. In reality, it is one of many ways to give and receive pleasure and there is nothing wrong with it, along as everbody is a consenting adult and having fun.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]And on that note, I will be out of town for a few days, returning to these pages on Sunday, March 16.[/font]
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