In this taut political thriller from Lee Kyoung-mi (Crush and Blush, NYAFF 2009 Special Award for Audacity), co-written by Park Chan-wook, a mother takes a stand against the deceit and hypocrisy of men. Yeon-hong (Son Ye-jin, in a career-best performance) is married to Jong-chan (Kim Ju-hyeok), a former news anchor running for the National Assembly. At first blush, they’re your average upper-class couple, complete with rebellious teenage daughter (Shin Ji-hoon). Ever the dutiful wife, Yeon-hong fully supports her husband’s political aspirations. But on the first day of the campaign, lightning strikes: their daughter goes missing. Yeon-hong begins a desperate search to find clues to her whereabouts only to face unexpected indifference and reluctance from her husband and his aides. The thriller impresses in both its formalism and ambition.
Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Center New York