Camel(s) | Chicago Reader


By the end of this 2001 Korean antidrama I had to check myself for a pulse, but viewers capable of slowing down their metabolism to match the glacial pace will find much of value here. Director Park Kiyong rehearsed his actors for two months and shot for 12 days to create this minimalist story of a middle-aged man and woman, each married and weighed down by disappointment, who get to know each other as they drive to the port town of Wolgot for reasons never disclosed and then awkwardly consummate a one-night stand. (There are two camels, but only one hump.) The arid dialogue and long, uncomfortable silences are intensified by Kiyong's stationary camera and the black-and-white digital video, which has an aptly grainy texture when blown up to 35-millimeter. In Korean with subtitles. 91 min.


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