Soom (Breath)

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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

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Critic Reviews for Soom (Breath)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (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.

    May 5, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [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
  • A typically quirky chamber drama by helmer Kim Ki-duk.

    May 17, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
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  • "Breath" has its faults, particularly regarding the impact it has as a film, at least in comparison with Kim's previous works, but remains a very interesting movie, as it presents its message through an unusual and somewhat extreme concept.

    Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Breath is more or less pointless-and yet, it's the Kim film I like the most because, paradoxically, it coheres the least.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 19, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Soom (Breath)

  • Oct 26, 2011
    Drama about a housewife not loved by her husband settingh of to a prison to decorate for a famous prisoner who has many atempts at suicide. a odd tale at times, and sometimes not saying very much. but enough moments to keep it ticking along.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2010
    With this tender and sensitive film that ought to be felt and experienced, Kim Ki-Duk explores again many of the narrative elements that are also present in his previous films and which he is so fascinated about, such as love, silence, loneliness and the passage of time.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    the cell decorations were beautiful. Park played the psycho, bored wife role all too well. the scene-flipping between the snowman family and the conjugal visit was very demented.
    steve c Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2009
    Not the best film for Korean cinema virgins, but for the initiated it's a beauty.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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