A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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MY DEAR ENEMY
2009 - Lee Yoon-ki - South Korea
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This Korean film is wonderfully smart and charming for its compassionate manner. Jeon Do-yean follows up her powerful Cannes winning performance from 2007's Secret Sunshine with another excellent performance sharing pitch perfect chemistry with a rather charming Ha Jung-woo. There is a sophisticated wit to the humor and the details that give this film an old-fashioned appeal (aided by the occasional jazz score and pitch-perfect chemistry). There is some hilarious moments of humor to the film as well as some insightful subtexts without ever being forced or overdone in any way. Lee Yoon-ki's previous film (Ad Lib Night) took a similar approach but even for its gentle nature it was a film that felt emotionless and un-involving at times. Effortlessly structured over the period of a day, My Dear Enemy is greatly involving as it takes you along with its terrific lead characters.
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