Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Nov 2010
Bedevilled is the type of films that comes around every couple of years that reminds you that the Koreans are still the masters of revenge films. Already receiving acclaim at various film festivals around the world including selection in the Critics Week segment at Cannes this film is one of the best debut films in a long time.
A film with excruciating suspense leading to a gore leaden whirlwind of violence starts with Hae-won (Ji Sung-won), a middle management woman who with the increasing pressures of work and home situation decides to take a break from it all and return to the pleasant, remote island that she spent happy summers with her grandparents. Arriving she finds her childhood friend Bok-nam (Seo Young-hee) ecstatic to see her friend begs her to help her and her child escape from the island. Perplexed Hae-won ignores her pleas but is shocked to witness the horrific torment that Bok-nam endures every day. Each woman is stretched to their limits and it is only a matter of time before one finally, and gruesomely, snaps.
Dir Jang Cheol-soo, Digibeta, S.Korea, 35mm, 115 mins