Soom (Breath) (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Soom (Breath)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[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.

May 25, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A typically quirky chamber drama by helmer Kim Ki-duk.

Full Review… | May 17, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2008

...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.

March 20, 2008

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.

Full Review… | May 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for Soom (Breath)

A tender and sensitive drama in which Ki-Duk explores again many of the narrative elements that he is so fascinated with and which are also present in his previous films, such as love, silence, loneliness and the passage of time, and it is above all a story to be felt and experienced.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Anothe masterwork by Kim Ki-duk, The story is strange but like his other films Soom is filled with magical ideas & impressive moments

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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