A smart Korean thriller in which the entire modern world turns out to be the prime suspect.
2022, Jung Joo-ri
138 min., Korean with Russian subtitles
Starring: Kim Si-eun, Bae Doona, Song Yo-sep, Kim Woo-kyum
High school student Sohee is eager to start an internship at a big call centre. But the reality of employment in the modern capitalist system proves ruthless. The girl dies, and the detective investigating her death uncovers a circle of vigilantism and inhumane practices. Korean filmmaker Jung Joo-ri’s film, a hit at Cannes 2023, is a smart, cleverly twisted thriller that is less about finding a specific criminal than about exposing the criminal nature of the labour market in its current form.
Shot from Daeum sohui, 2022
Jung sutures [drama and thriller] seamlessly and in so doing makes a bold case for the criminal malpractice at the heart of contemporary exploitative labour practices.
— Manuel Betancourt, Variety