Desert - 2010
Severe Features - 82 min.
Principal Cast: Jane Kim, Andrew Han, Marek Sumich, Jung Joon Hwang, Monika Sumner, Hannah Jones, Min Kim, Cho Hyun Lee, Dong Jin Kang, Geoff Houtman.
Writer: Stephen Kang; Director of Photography: Marc Swandel; Original Music: Timmy Schumacher, Jove Kim; Editor: Simon Price; Sound Designer: Dick Reade; Stunt Coordinator: Isaac Hamon; Special Effects: Ian Quigley, Melissa Goddard, Nigel Mortimer; Producers: Matt Noonan, Leanne Saunders; Director: Stephen Kang.
Jenny is pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend on their wedding day and increasingly isolated as she is rejected by the people around her. Pushed to the outside, she meets a small-time debt collector who is struggling to realise his own dreams. His attempt to help Jenny find her boyfriend unravels, along with his own affairs, leaving Jenny to face truths about her life and relationships. Perhaps it is a cultural difference, but I found the lack of emotional variety to be disconcerting. There is nobody to like, although one can pity Jenny. The tight camera shots are such that the settings could be in any city with a Korean community. Without giving it away, I found the ending without resolution. In the end, I would neither recommend or not recommend this effort. It is a matter of taste.
Censor Rating: M - Review rating: C
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