Merry Christmas Mr. Mo + Introduction by Tony Rayns

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Film info

Director: Lim Dae-hyung
Cast: Gi Ju-bong, Oh Jung-hwan, Go Won-hee
Cert 12A, 101mins, 2016

Lim Dae-hyung’s tragi-comic debut feature stars veteran character actor Gi Ju-bong (lately seen in Hong Sangsoo’s Right Now Wrong Then) as a taciturn, lonely widower with a secret or two. Mo Geum-san’s provincial life seems orderly and governed by routine: undemanding days in his small barber-shop, daily visits to the local swimming pool for his fitness, a drink and a snack on the way home and nights spent wrestling with a pillow that’s too lumpy. Mr Mo’s first secret is that he’s semi-estranged from his son, a student in Seoul; some bad news from a doctor makes him want to reconnect. His second secret is that beneath his placid and slightly dour exterior, a Chaplin-esque slapstick comedian is struggling to get out. Lim tells Mr Mo’s story across five chapters, using images which seem classically restrained but at the same time startlingly precise.

Picturehouse Central, 28 Oct 2017 6:30 pm

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