Saturday, March 6, 2004

Invisible Light (Geu Jip Ap)

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
co-presented by Cinematheque

South Korean writer-director Gina Kim is mastering the art of baring one’s soul in front of the camera. In her debut narrative feature Invisible Light, lingering, meticulously framed shots expose the turbulent and varying emotions of inner struggle and psychological extremes. Choi Yoon Sun and Lee Sun Jin give daring performances as two women faced with despair, yet struggling to reclaim their mental strength. Gah-in is having an affair with Do-hee’s husband. Distressed by her illicit affair, she retreats into her house, disconnects the phone and loses herself in a self-hating routine of starving and binging. At the same time, Do-hee learns that she is pregnant with another man’s child, leaves her husband and returns to Korea. Alone throughout much of the film, both women are stripped naked, both physically and psychically, as Kim provides an unflinching gaze into their darkest hours. (Innbo Shim, SFIAAFF 2004 Program Guide)