Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
The debut feature of South Korean director Byeon Yeong-ju, Milae (Ardor) follows Lee Mi-heun (Kim Yun-jin), a thirtysomething housewife whose Christmas is ruined when an unexpected guest drops in to reveal that she has been having an affair with Mi-heun's husband, Hyo-gyeong (Gye Seong-yong). After months of marital strife, Mi-heun and Hyo-gyeong move to the country in hopes of a more peaceful atmosphere. However, things are complicated further when Mi-huen is assisted by a handsome stranger after her car runs out of gas. Though the good samaritan (Lee Jong-weon) turns out to be a married doctor, Mi-huen agrees to a strictly sexual relationship between the two. At first, she treats not falling in love with him as a game, but quickly finds herself having a hard time with the rules.