Of the three dozen films I managed to see at Sundance this year, "Old Partner" was my favorite, despite some extremely tough competition. It took me completely by surprise and left me wondering how on earth it came about. (First-time director Chung-ryoul Lee wasn't present for a Q&A, so I wasn't able to ask.) I don't see it getting any kind of significant distribution in the U.S., but I'm hoping against hope that I'm wrong.
I mean, seriously: why would you make a documentary about a South Korean farmer, his oddly lovable harpy of a wife, and their ox, as the three of them approach the ends of their lives together? I have no idea, but this film made me laugh and cry and recall once again (just in case I was in any danger of forgetting) how astonishing the medium of film can be in the right hands.
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