Review Let's talk about M (2007, South Korea)

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  1. plsletitrain

    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    So I finally got to see M in its entirety courtesy of @sitenoise and what can I say, I’m more than glad that I was able to see this gem. This movie deserves a spot in anyone, and everyone’s, top whatever list. To say that it is beautiful is quite an understatement. It is mesmerizing. The title consists of only one letter but so much can be said of the film.

    A writer with questionable sanity (I mean, he’ll say the most caring words at one point and then he will yell at you right after) becomes subject of haunted dreams and visions (or hallucinations) of a mysterious woman. He has a girl in his life, Eunhye (Kong Hyo-jin) but he keeps on being haunted by visions of this mysterious woman. I’d classify this as more of a romance movie as the love is prevalent, but the introduction will give you thriller vibes. We are sure that this girl is a part of his past, but the film slowly tells their story without giving too much, until it nears the end.

    The execution of the actors felt theater-acting. You can almost imagine them tearing their costumes to reveal a once piece sequined nightgown and sashay into a dance number after. One thing that’s double edged here: The illumination. It is dark which might leave you puzzled as to who’s who in the particular scene but it also gives the vibes of a dark atmosphere. It worked for me. There are also mirror shots that pop up from time to time, out of nowhere which adds more vibrance to the “puzzle”.

    For me, one of the biggest asset of the film is Lee Yeon-hee’s perfect rendition of an innocent and naive girl. Her thick brows and dark eyeliner (I guess they’re natural) makes her role more believable. There are weird songs and pop music as soundtrack, but they’re befitting to the weirdness of the film. Weird characters, weird songs, with a deep story. There’s a piano piece that’s very registrable I can still hum to it which sounds very sentimental.

    Aside from being beautiful and mesmerizing, I think this also a very study-worthy film. The director employs this directing techniques that I label as cool intelligent shots. This is one of the rare films I might consider a rewatch even if I haven’t forgotten about the plot yet.

    If I say that this film especially caters to me who likes these type of stories, I might give away the story. So for the benefit of those who haven’t seen the film, all I can say is this is a cute story of a cute short-lived first love. This is a good, thought-provoking film of people who are still held hostage by a love that won’t die. Although the love may have literally gone, but the pain and the feeling that lingers in that corner of your mind that just won’t go away. Will it do justice to your present love? How do you get rid of it? When will you finally let go? And if you’re a crybaby like me who sheds tears when you see someone say “I can only love you by leaving you!!!” you might want to join me to run for the hills or hide in someone’s sleeves or just punch someone in the arm because this is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can say that the writer of the film is powerful. He uses anecdotes that aren’t too poetic but deep. He uses simple terms that can cater to the non-artistic yet can strike right through one’s weak side. This is so kilig it makes you die inside.

    To sitenoise, thank you! I’d say its one of my life’s feats to have seen this.
     
  2. sitenoise

    sitenoise Member: Rank 5

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    wow

    I'm happy that you liked the film, but I'm happier about the way you write about it ... and that you ... not that you "got it", because I think the film can be 'gotten' in a number of different ways, but that you got it the way you did. I think it is a simple love story (from the arty world, a man in search of his muse) and that the boundary pushing style the director uses to tell it doesn't distract or get in the way of it.

    I'm going to watch it again and write more, but I want to ask you if you remember a scene. It's after they take the bike ride, and they are saying:

    "You can go"
    "Go in"
    "I wanna watch you leave"
    "I wanna watch you go in"
    "Go on"
    "Go in"

    As if that wasn't enough. The way the guy films it: they are standing about 5 feet apart and while they are saying that stuff the director films them as if they are walking towards one another, which fells like it would be about 20 feet a piece. Then he cuts back and they haven't moved.

    Then they do walk to each other. He shows their feet. (nervous feet shots kill me--that Pancreas movie had one)

    Then the handshake.

    OMG
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    Yes I do remember that scene and I think its one of those cleverly done. I thought it was funny at first but this is the type of film that initial reaction would be "ridiculous" and then wait.....it was clever...artistic... I guess this is one of those "Don't shoot...." thing you mention about Korean films. I forgot your exact line....

    That scene was [​IMG]
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    There's so many heartbreaking lines in the film I wish I wrote them down.
     
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    sitenoise Member: Rank 5

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    "Remember how bright the sky was when we first met?
    "No, I don't remember anything ..."
    "How bright the sky was - or how beautiful the sunset was - and how beautiful the red sky ..."
    "... because my eyes were fixed on you"


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    sad2.gif Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    sitenoise Member: Rank 5

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    This is, from top to bottom, one of those "Oh no! Don't shoot ... no ... oh ... Hey ... Great shot!" Korean movies for me.
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    I hate it. Those are the lines you'd be ashamed to publicly acknowledge that you actually love it because you'd want to choke yourself out of cheesiness but I love it!!!!!!!!!!! sad2.gif
     
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    Yes definitely, there's so many scenes from start to end that I was afraid the director would do but he took the risk and he succeeded!
     
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    So ... let me ask you this: Who is he talking to at that point? Is he just writing that in his novel? To Eunhye? His muse?

    By the way, After all these times I've watched the film I still don't get the ending.
     
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    I'd give a safe answer and leave it for the subjective opinion of the viewer. If you're all for "first love never dies", I'd say it was for Mimi. If you're for the present love, I'd say Eunhye. If you're apathetic, I'd say the novel. Personally for me, if my vision was not messing up with me, the faces of both women were simultaneously played right? So it gives away the vagueness. But I was more inclined to believe it was for Mimi because I think it was her face that was shown at that exact scene..and the voice was a bit deep. Kong Hyo-jin's quite high-pitched.

    I think I got the ending. I think. But you know I have issues with interpretations. Hehe
     
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    Wait....I think it was for his novel. He said that after the "letting go" right?
     
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    I like your safe answer, and that's the beauty/cleverness/etc of it. They all make sense. It is after the letting go line, but I didn't see anyone else around. He is at his typewriter, typing. He is saying aloud, and a girl's voice comes in ... so it is, I guess, in the novel but still ask the question--who is he talking to?

    It's precisely right there after that that is the part, the total ending lines, that I don't get ... but the last last line is nice:

    "It was only two months for you, but it was an eternity for me" perfecto.gif

    I read some reviews where this kind of thing (even that particular scene because it's at the ending) was why people weren't impressed by the film. It doesn't spell out everything all the time. I just don't care that I totally don't get the last lines of the film lollz.gif

    I have some more questions but let's wait and see if we have other customers before we tear this apart.
     
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    plsletitrain Member: Rank 5

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    Darn I keep on looking back to replay the scene but I can't find it- I was about to ask you specifically at what time the scene happens so I can review it. But my patience ran out and I kept on coming back on that scene where they were sweetly talking and she told him about not believing when he said he loved her the first time, and then the second time she was afraid she might not hear it again..or something along those lines. yipee.gif
     
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    Ya know, that's kind of how I would describe the films that wow the fuck out of me: How close to ridiculous they can get without going over. I recognize that there could be some ridiculousness going on but my eyes never roll. I'm impressed.
     
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    It's the ending ending before/as the credits roll ... 2 minutes 20 seconds left
     
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    I love the movie theater scene where Mimi is sipping a soda and tries to get her head on his shoulder.

    Mimi has to be one of the all time most adorable characters in a movie
     
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    Ah, thanks. The voice is definitely Mimi's. Trust me, I may have defective eyes but I have keen ears. Hehehe.

    Yeah I'm glad Lee Youn-Hee isn't an overacting annoying woman. She may still fit the damsel in distress type, but she didn't looked so trying hard. It really helped a lot for me to get through this. She is so cute.
     
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    Bookmarking the thread w/o reading it. The DVD should be on the way to me soon. Once I watch it, I'll weigh in.
     
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    I trust you. So then right after she says "my eyes were fixed on you" he says "How've you been? Really? ... How could you, without me? It was only for a while. It was only for two months" and she says ".. it was an eternity for me"

    WTF is that all about? I assume it's still to Mimi.

    Is he asking "How could you go off and die and leave me instead of hanging around in the half dead state you were in for 2 months. That would corroborate the "I could only love you by leaving ...
     

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