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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of film: “SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE” – A Pretty Face doesn’t always tell what’s Underneath!


               – A Pretty Face doesn’t always tell what’s Underneath!    =

                                           Rating:  7.5 of 10 stars.

 This was the 3rd in the FREE every-Wednesday Summer series of foreign films hosted by the CHICAGO INT’L. FILM FESTIVAL ( = CIFF) at the Cultural Center…

 This gritty, hard-hitting Korean film is the 3rd in a trilogy by director Park Chan-wook, and tells the story of a very pretty woman wrongly jailed for kidnapping & killing a young child, after which her own child is taken away from her…

 The film tells background stories of her various cell-mates and how she extracts revenge against one of the abusive bullies there. Once released, she meets her young brother, contacts her taken-away daughter & sets upon an involved plan (sometimes involving ex-cellmates) to get vengeance against the guy who’d instigated her jailing…

 She in time discovers the actual murderer of the child she was blamed for killing, learns of other crimes he’s committed & involves relatives of the victims in her plans. While the story is at times convoluted (due to the numerous characters introduced), it’s a fascinating (& sometimes humorous) exploration of the mind of a woman whose anger has led her to do various shocking things in retaliation for what was done to her. 

[Next week is the Canadian film “Bon Cop, Bad Cop” about cultural differences between policemen who have to work together to solve a murder]…

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