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.