A Quiet Dream @ Event Cinemas George Street


The grungy side of Seoul is the playground for the unconventional characters in this whimsical slice of life by respected Korean-Chinese writer-director Zhang Lu (Love And…, SFF 2016). There's nothing unlucky about the 13th feature by Zhang Lu, whose chronicles of life among Joseon-jeok (Chinese-Koreans) have made a valuable contribution to contemporary South Korean cinema. Filmed almost entirely in glorious black-and-white, A Quiet Dream centres on Ye-ri, an ethnic Korean who returned to Seoul after growing up in China. She runs a tent bar outside her downscale apartment and looks after her seriously ill father. Competing for Ye-ri's affections is the oddball trio of petty crook Ik-june, epileptic landlord Jong-bin, and bipolar Jung-bum. Played in a delightfully deadpan manner, Zhang's charmer is time well spent with appealing characters that may be down, but are certainly not out.


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