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2014 Cannes International Film Festival / 2014 Toronto International Film Festival / Synopsis Program Note
2014 Stockholm International Film Festival, Best First Film
Young-nam is a police officer demoted to a small beach town’s chief from police headquarters in Seoul. Now, as the chief of a local precinct, Youngnam tries to save a young girl named Do-hee from her abusive stepfather at the cost of her career -an act Do-hee makes the dangerous decision to reciprocate.
Young-nam is a police officer who is sent to work in a remote seaside village. There, she meets and takes in Dohee, a girl who lives with her abusive grandmother and father. Although Young-nam is a loner who drinks alone in the dark and goes jogging along the beach at times, she begins to intervene in Dohee\'s life. In turn, Dohee follows Young-nam around, thankful that Young-nam calls her by her name and shows interest in her. When Dohee finally moves in with Young-nam, she starts intervening in Youngnam’s life as well. This film is based on Korean realism, yet it also combines into the narrative genre rules found in melodramas, thrillers, queer films and others, adding to the audience’s cinematic experience. First of all, Youngnam is the typical tragic hero in queer films, as long as Yong-ha, who oppresses and abuses the weak, including the lesbian Young-nam, migrant workers and youths in the village, is accepted as an \"indispensable\" character. On the other hand, Dohee is an atypical character. Dohee appears to be a typical victim of violence, but in the end, the audience discovers that she has a monstrous energy reminiscent of noire film femme fatales that overwhelms even the violence she is subject to. This film reaches its
climax when Young-nam and Dohee, each tied to different genre rules, clash to bring about a series of events. In the end, Young-nam and Dohee flee the village for a place where Yong-ha cannot get to them, but that does not mean that the two are freed from genre rules. They will be subject to the rules of yet another genre. [PARK Jin-hee]
2014 Cannes International Film Festival / 2014 Toronto International Film Festival /
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July Jung graduated from the Film, Television and Multimedia program at the School of Art, Sungkyunkwan University. She continued her studies at the Korea National University of Arts, where she produced A Man under the Influenza, which received the Sonje Award at the Busan International Film Festival in 2007. Her short film, 11, was invited to the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. After proving her potential with The Dog that Came into my Flashlight, Jung makes her feature directorial debut with A Girl at my Door.