Soo-min accidentally films a woman being murdered by a group of masked men. Some time later, he wakes up and thinks it was all a nightmare, but he will find out that he’s actually trapped in an endless cycle of dreams and death.
Park Hong-min’s second film and follow up to his strange 3D road movie A Fish is called, simply, Alone. And its hero, a young documentary filmmaker who has been murder not once but two, three, and a lot more times, is really –endlessly, metaphysically– alone. What starts as a Groundhog Day with no love, nor groundhog, nor Sonny and Cher, ends up being a labyrinth-shaped nightmare. Like that alley en Seoul, a true staircase to hell from which the boy and his ghosts cannot escape. There’s an element of Lynch, but also of a completely deranged Twilight Zone episode tone in this ultra-independent and mega-clever film. Which is also formally ambitious: one of the best scenes features the main character duplicated, triplicated, and quadruplicated in a sequence shot that gets lost in jumbled neighborhood. DB
D, G, E, DA, PE: Park Hong-min F: Kim Byeong-jung S: Bae Yu-ri M: Oh Su-jin P: Cha Hye-jin CP: Nongbu Film I: Lee Ju-won, Song You-hyun
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He studied filmmaking in South Korea, and directed the feature-length film A Fish (2011).