In this delightfully unconventional South Korean comedy, a carpenter is swept up in a bizarre series of events after a stranger damages his car. Winner of the New Currents competition and the NETPAC Award at Busan.
The not-so-wild ‘roomer’ of this offbeat charmer is Gi-hong, a goateed 30-ish carpenter who rents a room in the fabulously spacious but desperately sterile house of his landlord and drinking buddy Jung-hwan. Whilst he’s on the up financially, he’s much less adept socially. Gi-hong spends most of his free time hanging out with Jung-hwan and his enigmatic wife, Hyung-jun – which unexpectedly becomes a foursome when a stranger from the fringes of society steps onto the scene. Lee’s carefully composed visuals and the cast’s finely calibrated performances create an intriguing and wryly humorous portrait of a domestic dynamic being gently pushed beyond its comfort zone. Lee’s outstanding debut feature asserts him as a filmmaker to watch.
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