Samaria (Samaritan Girl)
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South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk writes, directs, and edits Samaria (Samaritan Girl), an abstract drama told in three parts. In part one, "Vasumitra," best friends Yeo-jin (Gwak Ji-min) and Jae-yeong (Seo Min-jung) work together in a prostitution scam in order to save money for a trip. Jae-young is fatally injured and Yeo-jin carries out her final dying wishes. In part two, "Samaria," Yeo-jin finds all of her friend's old johns, sleeps with them, and returns their money. Then her police officer father, Yeong-gi (Lee Eol), finds out what she's doing. In part three,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The preceding parts are so literal minded, as both puritanical and pornographic illustrations of an obnoxious male fantasy, that they strike me as alternately absurd and hypocritical."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[A]rcane and provocative film... cements [Ki-duk Kim's] reputation as one of the most astonishing artists working in cinema today..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A wholly unique tale that gives expressive voice to the pains of childhood and the parents forced to bear witness."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"It's hard to say what Kim is driving at here."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"just doesn't jibe with any version of reality that I'm aware of"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Samaritan Girl demeure l'un des films les plus accessibles de la filmographie de Kim Ki-duk grâce à sa mise en scène volontairement simplifiée qui fonctionne à merveille."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"An under-thought formula linking sex, youth, and violence."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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