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Adada

When a noble but poor family marries off a mute daughter, Adada, we brace for the worst. The marriage is breaking up a sweet friendship she has with a local peasant boy, and her husband's family cares only about how much land it'll get in the deal. Her husband is surprisingly tender, but the family dynamics keep shifting, with Adada bearing the brunt of everyone's anger and frustration at their lot in life. With each new twist, this 1998 Korean feature becomes a more profound look at the changeability of people and the power of greed. Director Im Kwon-taek seduces us into liking each character in turn, only to expose his or her weaknesses. Adada suffers through it all with a saintliness that makes her little more than a symbol, yet the film manages to be quite moving as it progresses toward a seemingly inevitable tragic end. Im seems most in his element shooting out-of-doors, where he captures haunting images of people dwarfed by the landscape. In Korean with subtitles. 120 min.

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