Filmmaker, with an MFA in Film
Director of The First Day of Snow and Be My Guest
Born in Seoul, Lives in Seoul
Carnivore (except dog)
Interpreter of Dreams
Dog Lover and Coffeeholic
Have you ever thought about cheating on your spouse? Consider watching CAMEL(S) first.
A man and a woman, both with spouses elsewhere, meet for having an affair. They don’t know each other well. They decide to go on a short trip. Spending one night together is an unspoken agreement. There is an awkward atmosphere between them during the day time.
You know the highlight of an extramarital affair is the bedroom scene. But that moment is awkward too. We shouldn’t make any slightest sound when they are eating noodle after sex. If we made a noise they will be startled. Even the camera doesn’t move as it does not want to break their awkward mood. (We have very good manners, don’t we?)
There is no provocative gesture or racy humor in their affair. They don’t try to appeal sexually toward each other at all. They are about forty years old. They are old enough to know that sweet talk is just an elaborate charade. What makes them want to have this affair? Maybe they need deviation from the beginning of a midlife crisis. They want the deviation, but yet they don’t want to completely change their lives.
I have one more question for you: Are you up to handling such an awkward affair?
This 1936 film gives a nightmare to any woman who has ever had a SWEET DREAM.
The vain housewife rejects her “bird in a cage” status and runs away from home. The movie never describes what makes her run away from home. She is imagined as a completely wicked woman.
Abandoning her family, she stays in hotel with a very rich man. When she discovers that he is not rich, she overtly comes on to a male dancer. She doesn’t hesitate to express her desires, and just follows what she chooses to do. We are blocked from understanding her or sympathizing with her. Her way of talking is creepy.
Probably men in the 1930’s were scared of what modern women were dreaming. So they managed to scare the typical woman by shouting“ Stop acting up, Woman!”
Traditionally Korea has its roots in Neo-Confucianism. All relationships had to do with rank. The society always was and remains to this day a patriarchy society.
At the time when this movie was made, all women became her husband’s accessory as soon as she married him. Moreover, there was no socio-economic condition in the Country for a woman to have her own income and career. That’s why this main actress finds her “sweet dream” through an affair with a man.
Now I pursue my own dream without even batting an eyelid.
Understanding people is more important than judging people – even in our history.