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(2003) 87% (%) 2) http://movies.nytimes.com/2004/12/17/movies/17tale.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=A Tale of Two Sisters&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister Su-yeon come home to their father's large, but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened and their step-mother, Eun-joo greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that's nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around." CONSENSUS: "There's a reason why Hollywood has been so busy in recent years remaking Asian horror movies. Scare for scare, they're generally better. Restrained but disturbing, "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: I had seen a review by Lyons-Bailes (Ch. 45, Saturdays, 6:30PM, unfortunately just cancelled) that said "The Uninvited" (09 May 09) was a pale remake of this Korean original. While I like Elizabeth Banks, she couldn't pull off her role; I'll guess I'll leave her to light comedy for now. HCL had no copies (they did at one time), so I used the ILL (InterLibrary Loan) system to track this down, and see for myself if it was a good as advertised. MY THOUGHTS: Talk about confusing! I needed to watch the movie again, using the commentary supplements to fully understand what was going on. Yes, everything was there, and if you knew what to look for, everything made sense. But I guess I need my horror fix less cool and clinical. The director's focus is on bad memories (which in everyone come around again and again, people reflecting on the fact that they hurt someone with their words or actions, didn't handle a situation wisely, were selfish and self-centered, etc.), coupled with multiple personalities, making for a very complex film. I'm glad I saw it, but usually I understand more after the first viewing! [No copies in HCL]
posted Jun 29, 2009 at 11:19AM
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