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Is ‘marriage’ anything to choose in Korean society? Ji-min and Cheol are a couple living together. One day they find Ji-min is pregnant and get to confront another stage of life. The director questions the essence of marriage by telling her own story of having a baby as an unmarried woman.
The film starts with its own title, two red lines, and a positive result in the pregnancy test. It goes on to tell a story of a couple who chooses to live together but not to be bound by marriage which they think is the longest and irrationally fortified social system. With calm eyes, it watches the couple as they go through an unexpected occurrence; pregnancy. Being a personal documentary where the narrations and interviews of the director herself and her partner are mingled, 2 lines enters a new era that Korean documentary hardly ever experienced before.
The director, who could be never free from the social settlement of marriage system regardless of her will, compares her choice not to marry with her parents’ unhappy life. At this point, 2 lines casts a fundamental question; is it possible to pursue a liberal life and marriage at the same time in Korea? When she finally delivers the baby, it becomes hard to keep her unmarried status. She and her partner, accordingly, face new questions and look back on their choice, which implies another beginning is about to start at the end of this documentary. (KWON Eun-sun)
Director Ji-min went into the movies as an assistant director for a documentary She Is (JOO Hyun-Sook, 2007). Ji-min received a special mention at the section of Asian Short Film & Video Competition in the 10th International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul with She Saw Spring (2007). She received attention with the documentary Dog Talk (2009) which showed daily lives of the 880,000 won Generation and unexpected events arisen to them. Dog Talk was co-directed by 3 women filmmakers in their twenties, Ji-min, navi, and SON Kyung-hwa.