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11 November 2018: Their Last Love Affair


Can’t Live Without You
Lee Myung-se
2018 | 17 min | Colour | Digital
Korean with English subtitles

“A young woman comes dragging a huge suitcase along a train platform. A young man offers to help her up the stairway. What follows becomes a mysterious dance of shadows.” – Mark Morris

Their Last Love Affair
Lee Myung-se, 1996, 106 min, 35mm
Korean with English subtitles
Followed by a Q&A with the director

“Poet-professor Yeong-min meets Yeong-hee, an attractive writer who has reviewed a collection of his poems. They click: literary criticism is far from their minds as they dash off to a hotel room for some fairly acrobatic lovemaking. He becomes obsessed with Yeong-hee; she makes an effort to resist, but not for long. Yeong-min, pretending to need time away from family for the sake of research, sets the two of them up in a beachside shack where domestic routine vies with passion. How long can this world apart contain them? The film playfully wrong-foots us at the outset. We begin in what looks like a noir crime caper, only to drop into the first encounter of the two main characters. Much later, even amid the passion and increasing tension in scenes at the beach house, the story maintains its balance of humour and visual beauty.” – Mark Morris

Part of LKFF 2018