let anyone tell us that when we're no longer kids, we grow
up. When we grow up, we won't quit being kids. Where are the
real we? Should the real we be here. We've only got a little
more time to be the real us. 2004, Shiba High Holly Festival."
This opens the film and it is a shot of a young woman looking
into the camera as she is making a documentary for the high
schools music festival. After enthusiastically yelling cut
the director seems unsure what do to next before finally having
her repeat the last line in a closeup. After a loud "cut!"
Linda Linda Linda title card appears with the entrance of
lively music as the image fades into a wonderful opening tracking
shot that introduces the characters of the film, starting
with Bae Doo-Na's parallel tracking shot through the school
hallway. Linda Linda Linda is a joy of a film. One that is
irresistibly sweet and silly and inspiring. Simple and full
of energy, the film is driven by it's moments between the
narrative. The setting is a high school and the story centers
around an all-girl rock band that wants to perform at the
schools local rock festival. When the lead singer leaves the
band, they get a shy Korean exchange student as a replacement.
Predictable or simple as the story is, it is an absolute gem.You
know where it's going, but the pleasure is the moments within.
You connect with these characters and the awkward gestures
and conversations they share. The performances are wonderful,
but it is Bae Doo-Na that is the standout. One of the very
best actresses of her generation, Bae always commands attention
on screen the way she boldly captures the essence of her characters.
Here she is so warmly loveable as the Korean exchange student.
The other character of the film is the music. Linda Linda
Linda finds the core of music as a function of spirit and
soul and of togetherness. Here it defines the punk- rock inspirations
and speaks of individuality. When the ending arrives, it connects
on a universal level. It takes over the human soul and encourages
you to jump up and sing along: "Linda Linda
Linda Linda Lindadddaaaaa!!!" It's irresistible and
you will be unable to get it out of your head long afterwards.
Linda Linda Linda is funny and quirky. It is a film that you
watch and admire for it's humanity and energy.