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10/10
Bin-jip
(3-Iron)
Dir: Ki-duk Kim
2004

One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

This film floats between reality and dream, truth and fairytale. It is a journey which brings together two completely different lost souls: Tae-suk (Jae Hee) who borrows peoples homes whilst they are away, leaving their laundry clean when he leaves, and Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-Yeon) a beautiful woman who is beaten by her rich husband. This film is about the spaces between silence, about gentle subversion, about violence and powerlessness, and about the repossession of one's self and sense of identity. This film is neither violent nor gentle, nor does it really exist. And yet it will haunt you forever. It is an ephemeral tribute to humanity, and the humiliation and happiness which are intertwined in every-day existence.

I will not disclose the story, although in truth it would not harm the film if I were to. This film is full of silent moments, very few words are spoken in its 90 minute run-time, and is built upon myriad surreal and yet believable fragments. Both the violence and love are silent, as are the screams of joy and pain. This film gave me a glimpse into another way of living, a serene, and yet never weak, way of confronting the world. I recommend it to everyone, many times!

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