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Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, as a result of misconduct. On her first day in the village, she encounters ... See full summary »

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July Jung

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Cast

Credited cast:
Doona Bae ... Young-Nam
Sae-ron Kim ... Do-Hee
Sae-byeok Song ... Yong-Ha (as Sae-Byeok Song)
Hie-jin Jang Hie-jin Jang ... Eun-Jung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min-jae Kim ... Joon-ho
Seong-kun Mun ... Nam Kyeong-dae
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Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, as a result of misconduct. On her first day in the village, she encounters Dohee, a girl living in the town with a gloomy looking face. As Young-nam tries to acclimate to her new surroundings, Dohee's grandma died in a car accident. To protect the girl from her stepfather's abuse, Young-nam lets Dohee stay at her place, but things become more mysterious as she gets to know her. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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South Korea

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Korean

Release Date:

22 May 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl at My Door See more »

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Pine House Film,Now Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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"What have you done?!" - Say it at least once god damn it.
6 February 2015 | by achi_oragvelidzeSee all my reviews

This is the first time I'm writing a negative review on IMDb and as you can see, I am terribly disappointed.

This might be one of the worst films I've ever seen in my entire life. A perfect example of an absolute trash. It seems, that the director's biological limitations have rendered him incapable of thinking as a decent human; Someone has to apologize on his behalf, for being dealt such a hand. Sadly, it does not end there. He came up with a terrible idea:

"I'd love to make movies!".

I agree, that I'm compromised enough to be unable to speak objectively over this matter, but some of the facts must be mentioned.

First of all, imagery and technical parts of the film are quite good. Even beautiful I must say. I really liked the part, where the main character buys high amounts of mineral water, only to replace said water with VODKA. (Or whatever you call it.) The scene keeps repeating in a grim way. One of the best portrayals of depressive apathy. It was very inspiring and beautiful.

Presentation is eerie enough to keep you interested and sadly, that might be the worst part of the movie. Story-wise it is so "girl-ish" and compromised, that I swear it was almost unbearable to sit through. Some of the scenes made me feel so awkward, that I could not help myself but think about stopping it. Overly melodramatic, intimate, sick and disgusting relationships which are presented in a sexually curious, but at the same time ruptured teenager's suicidal "emo-vomitting" of a spectrum, were too much for me.

The film tries to set you on an empathetic accord towards the little girl, and in a way it manages to do it, but it is at the cost of spitting you in the face: I guarantee you will feel both awkward and insulted after watching this abomination.

Bae Doona and Sae-Ron Kim were cool/OK. Truth be told, I've never liked Doona. At all. But this time she did really well. Well, at least she was likable for me. Mostly, actors in Korean films are better than average. This case is not an exception. Too bad that the story was so unbearably sick that performances just happen to add up to the horror. Keep in mind, this is not a failure of a film. I am pretty sure that it managed to do what was initially planned, but sadly the planning part is the main atrocity here.

If you want to see an unconventional film, with disgusting and sick characters who's existences are not justified, but rather disfigured in this gigantic mass of stupid sexual awkwardness, sadness and idiotic presentations of "valued empathy"; If you want to see a movie, where subjective ideals of a retarded scriptwriter transform into "undeniable" but at the same time disabled, illogical and irritatingly childish truth; If you want to see a piece, which is atmospherically psychopathic, yet unimaginably blatant and elective, then watch this utter trash.

Though, I wholeheartedly suggest to never even think of viewing this insult of a movie.


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