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Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Yeo-reum Han ...
Jae-yeong (as Min-jeong Seo)
Ji-min Kwak ...
Yeo-jin
Eol Lee ...
Yeong-ki
Kwon Hyun-Min ...
Salesman
Oh Young ...
Musician
Gyun-Ho Im ...
Tidily Guy
Lee Jong-Gil ...
Happy Guy
Shin Taek-Ki ...
Suicide
Jung-gi Park ...
Murder Victim
Gul-seon Kim ...
Second Salesman
Seung-won Seo ...
Man in his 30s
Yoo Jae-Ik ...
Pedestrian
In-gi Jeong ...
Ki-Su
Jin-bae Jeon ...
Policeman #1
Yook Sae-Jin ...
Policeman #2
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Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young falls in love with one of those man she suppresses her feelings towards him in respect of her friend who's jealous. One Day Yeo-Jin fails in doing her job overlooking police officers looking for under-aged prostitutes. In order to not get caught Jae-Young jumps out of a window almost killing herself. On her deathbed, she wishes to see the man again whom she fell in love with and turned away from. But the man only agrees if Yeo-Jin sleeps with him. She does but as they arrive in the hospital Jae-Young is already dead. Trying to understand her best friend, Yeo-Jin tracks down every man she slept with and does the same. As her father learns about this he gets on revenge with fatal consequences... Written by Seth

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When the car is stuck on the down-hill dirt road, the angle of the front wheels changes between shots. See more »

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Gymnopédies - La 1 Ere. Lent et Douloureux
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Obscure but interesting
12 February 2005 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

A film about two teenage girls trying to make money for a trip through prostitution. Nice premise, but it eventually gets lost and turns into a father revenges daughter's lost honor flick. You have to wonder - she was selling herself, what honor did he think he was revenging? Maybe it's a culture thing.

In any case, it's well filmed and keeps you watching, avoiding the pretentiousness that ruins many art-house movies. You can watch it without feeling that you have to sniff the cork next time you open a bottle of wine, and that's a plus.

There is no real sex or violence shown (a shame) but it's implied and that gets the message across. What's obscure are the motivations, especially towards the end, where the film has been building towards a climax and then seems to just drop it in favor of imagery. Again, maybe it's a culture thing and I just missed the point.

So I'm ambivalent about Samaria - on the one hand, I enjoyed watching it. On the other hand, I had to wonder what, exactly, was going on. Maybe that's a good thing.


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