Nakta (deul) (2001)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Korea, South  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Tom Vick

Driven by the performances of Myung-Shin Park and Dae-Yeon Lee, director Ki-Yong Park's Camel(s) is a close-up look into the lives of two unhappy people trying to find solace in an illicit affair. Director Park uses the medium of digital video to make powerfully intimate, almost voyeuristic, images. The camera seems to have a presence of its own, as an electronic eavesdropper, impassively recording the couple's most private moments. Most of the film is shot in long takes, with the camera placed at a medium distance, and often to the side or behind the actors, emphasizing the feeling that the audience is spying on two people who are unaware that they are being watched and heard. This effect, which is reminiscent of Andy Warhol's impassively voyeuristic '60s films, coupled with the two actors' wonderfully subtle and nuanced performances, makes the film an engrossing blend of avant-garde and traditional narrative filmmaking styles.