Set Me Free
Director: Kim Tae-yong
Cast: Choi Woo-shik, Kim Su-hyun, Kang Sin-cheol, Shin Jae-ha, Park Joo-hee, Jang Yoo-sang
108 mins, 2014
Yeongjae (Choi Woo-shik) is a boy of high school age who resides at ‘Isaac’s Home’, a family-like institution for children whose parents are financially or otherwise unable to care for them. On the surface, Yeongjae is a model child, always obedient and determined to join the seminary to become a priest. However, actually this young man is far more self-serving and regularly steals shoes etc. from the home’s storage unit to sell at school. When the thefts are uncovered, Yeongjae fears his days at the home are numbered and tries all the harder to ingratiate himself with his carers. However, the more desperate Yeongjae’s actions become the more his plans and life unravel and with no-one left to blame, his fear, despair and frustration move ever closer to an explosion of fury. An in-depth study of one young boy’s desperate battle for security, deftly speaks of fear and loneliness brought on by social adversity.
By Paul Quinn