EntangledOriginal Title: Hyeon-gi-jeung
Director: Lee Don-ku
South Korea | Korean
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Lee Don-ku’s second and latest outing is a blistering and powerful family drama. The story takes place in a household where two daughters live with their mother, along with the eldest daughter’s husband. When the wife gives birth to her long-awaited first child, the entire family is jubilant. However, the parents’ happiness is quickly snatched away as a tragic accident at the hand of the matriarch costs the newborn its life.
The tension quickly escalates among the family members. The couple moves out, unable to continue living under the same roof as the matriarch. With an unyielding, unwaveringand uncompromisingly stark vision, Lee Don-ku offers up an exciting yet disturbing portrait of a family in pain thatexplores themes of alienation and isolation as each family member is left on their own to cope with their problems. Kim Young-ae gives a superb performance as the matriarch who struggles through the guilt of causing the death of the baby as her Alzheimer’s rapidly escalates. Meanwhile, her youngest daughter, still a teenager, must deal with bullying and sexual coercion at school. She struggles as she tries to handle the situation on her own. As the mother’s confusion and guilt build up, the family comes together for a reunion dinner that culminates in a terrifying denouement.