An Affair

An Affair


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

With perfect precision and an emphasis on body language, Korean director, Lee Je-Yong, brings fresh energy to the oldest story in the world. The film is so well crafted and the actors so finely tuned that emotional intensity never implodes. Its simplicity is its strength.

A woman in her late thirties, married to an architect in Seoul, with one brattish son and a life in dire need of a service, is asked by her sister, who lives in America, to help her fiancé find an apartment.

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He is 11 years younger, tall, serious and attractive. She begins to look forward to their journeys. He does more. He recognises something that she has long forgotten - her beauty and sensuality.

Their affair follows a recognisable route from sexual excitement to anguish and guilt. Je-Yong never puts a foot wrong. The passion and pain are more real than madness. It opens like a flower, only to be trampled by circumstance. Awakening love, however illicit, is unbearable. Snatched moments of joy are like shards from heaven. Without a future, feelings have the clarity of diamonds. A fine romance.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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Heart-rending tale of illicit love.

Director: Je-yong Lee

Writer: Dae-woo Kim, Je-yong Lee

Starring: Lee Jung-Jae, Min Kim, Lee Mi-sook, Song Young-chang

Year: 1998

Runtime: 107 minutes

Country: Korea


EIFF 1999

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