a young drifter enters strangers' houses and lives there while the
owners are away. He guards the house for a few days, fixing broken
items and even does the owner's laundry. Before leaving, he puts
everything back as it is used to be. One day, sneaking into a wealthy
home, Tae-suk meets his destiny- a married young woman named Sun-hwa
who has been tormented by her abusive husband is ready to escape
with him from her unhappy and abusive marriage.
Silence is easy, but it's also very powerful.
The story follows drifter Tae-suk (Jae Hee) who
inhabits empty houses when their owner are away. In return, he would
do chores around the house and fixes defective appliances things.
He leaves the house before the home-owner returns, in search of
his next empty abode to squat. One night he gets into a house he
believes to be empty, and is met by a girl with bruises on her arms
and face, Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon). They don't say a word to each
other and quietly, Tae-suk leaves. Tae-suk returns to the house
out of pity to find Sun-hwa's husband abusing her, he apprehends
and he and Sun-hwa ride off together. Between them both, they share
no dialogue and all of their thoughts and feelings are put into
their actions, and the manner in which they perform their actions.
Considering the complexity of their relationship you'd expect the
last thing they'd be is silent, but it acts as an excellent metaphor
to how silence entitles you to absolute freedom; the ability to
lock up your problems and leave them behind affords you the chance
to be someone different for the duration. Their silence speaks volumes
about their characters.
majority of the movie being left without dialogue does not mean
to say that the acting is only half-decent. If anything, not having
dialogue makes it as hard a job for the two lead actors involved,
as a decent level of ability is demanded to be able to convey things
through expression and body language rather then speech. Jae Jee
and Lee Seung-yeon put in very affectionate performances; absent
of over-dramatics, and instead, focusing on delivering humane subtlety.
disc comes equipped with both Korean Dolby Digital 2.0 with subtitles
in English and Chinese.
all art movies, budget seems to be the main concern for dvds so
unfortunately, none is presented in this edition.
MOVIE RATING: B+
Review by Lokman BS