Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja (The Bacchus Lady) 2016 Ages 18+
3.00PM Sun 17 Mar 2019 (1hr 50mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
‘[The Bacchus Lady is] South Korean helmer-scribe E J-yong’s impassioned study of old ladies who turn tricks to make ends meet. Taking on a potentially sordid subject, E brings attention to the harsh realities of growing old without a safety net, but also infuses his characters with warmth and racy humor, typified by the never-say-die attitude of the heroine as played by the magnetic Youn Yuh-jung. The film expands beyond senior prostitution to explore a range of social issues, championing diversity in a subtle, unpatronizing way.
Without lingering gratuitously on the sexual aspect of So-young’s routines, the narrative moves on to her relationships with her regular customers, whose lonely existence is no less painful or meaningless than So-young’s. E offers a sympathetic portrayal of each man, whether it’s the once-dapper Savile Row Song, bed-bound in a home; Jung-soo, whose dementia is advancing rapidly; or the gentlemanly widower Jae-woo (Chon Moon-song), who conceals his long-festering depression. Eventually, So-young finds herself roped into offering them a “service” that’s more dicey than illegal sex, giving insight into why Bacchus ladies are indispensable to old men with diminished or non-existent sex drives.’ Variety
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 110 MINUTES, SOUTH KOREA, KOREAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: E J-YONG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: KIM YOUNG-NO / EDITOR: HAM SUNG-WON / PRODUCTION CO: KOREAN ACADEMY OF FILM ARTS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: M-LINE DISTRIBUTION / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP