Soom (Breath)
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Acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk returns with his 14th film as a director, a tender romantic drama centering on the unusual relationship between a condemned prisoner and a married female artist. Jin is a convicted killer awaiting execution on Death Row; Yeon is a lonely artist locked in a loveless marriage. When Jin's repeated attempts at suicide make the nightly news, Yeon finds her emotions stirred, and her curiosity peaked. Eventually, Yeon decides to pay a visit to Jin, and in the course of their many conversations the two lost souls forge an intimate bond. Upon catching… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cinematography is wonderful, but the plot is too vague. There could be a message here, but it's buried too deep to dig out."
‑ Nick Visser, Seattle Times
"A surreal convergence of sex, death and erotically charged assisted suicide via asphyxiation, and the weird way that a female object of desire can take your breath away, in more ways than one."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"[Director Ki-duk] creates some startling images within the curious logic of his tale. It has something to do with inhaling badness and exhaling goodness but those expecting it to make sense shouldn't exactly hold their breath."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"...a tender romance between a dejected housewife and a mute death-row prisoner that is surprisingly compassionate and even offers up a few moments of comic relief."
‑ Rudy Joggerst, Reel.com
"A typically quirky chamber drama by helmer Kim Ki-duk."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"This story of a disenfranchised woman represents a step-down for the gifted South Korean helmer Kim Ki-Duk in an uneven film in which the parts are more interesting than the whole."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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