An adopter explores his Korean roots Return to Seoul, The premiere of Davy Chow’s catchy drama at Un Certain Regard. Newcomer Park G-Min plays the character of the great complex Freddie, who grew up in France and decided to spend a few weeks in the country of his birth.
There, Freddie befriends the first person he meets: Tena (Guka Han), who works at a fun little hotel where Freddie is staying. Tena gently encourages Freddie to meet with the adoption agency, which offers to contact his birth parents. But it is not easy for Freddie to face his father.
The film then enters its second performance, bringing her life to life year after year, while a third acting continues instead of ending her story. It’s not a story of a harmonious ending, but an exploration of a character trying to adapt to his past.
Park Gee-min is an artist who was recommended for the character by Chou’s friend Freddie and then played a role in shaping the character. She does a great job. Mercury, blunt, charismatic and often rude, Freddie is a young woman you see more in real life than on screen. If she is sexual and / or the object of a hero’s affection, she may be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but fortunately she is not.
The first act has an electric scene where Freddie suddenly decides to gather strangers in a restaurant-bar, puts them all at the same table and enjoys the results. He often breaks the rules of etiquette and denies Korean traditions, which his birth family finds difficult.
His biological father (Oh Kwang-rock) and impressive: Overwhelmed with guilt, often drunk and in tears. None of them have a language match, so try translating Tena, or English for Freddie’s biological aunt. A lot is lost in translation, and it is often deeply amusing.
It’s a bit frustrating when the action moves to a different part of Freddie’s life: the film is almost a victim of its own success after such an engaging first performance. But in each of the final two acts, there are gems, ranging from Freddie’s date with an arms dealer to a very moving scene at the adoption center.
Costume designer Claire Dubien has done a great job showing the evolution of her character, who has evolved from a funky city type to a slick punk party girl and beyond.
Freddie’s journey is complex, and the structure reflects that. It’s a journey worth taking.