Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #14 Secret Sunshine

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Movie #14 Secret Sunshine

(2007, S. Korea, d. Lee Chang-dong)

This film competed in the Cannes feature competition in 2007 and walked away with a Best Actress award for its lead actress played by Joon Do-Yeon. Kind of like yesterday’s movie, the film completely anchors itself on the actress’s performance. Thankfully, it is one of the best performances I’ve seen all year. One of my favorite actors – Sang Kong-ho – was completely overshadowed (deservedly so) by Do-Yeon in this tearjerker of a story about loss, religion, and human nature. Its delicate pacing and harsh realities grip the viewer and I hardly noticed its nearly 2 and a half hour running time.

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