The Old Garden

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Le Vieux jardin

The Old Garden

(Orae-doen jeongwon)

by Im Sang-soo

South Korea


Le Vieux jardin

Director: Im Sang-soo

Screenplay: Im Sang-soo based upon Hwang Sok-yong's novel

Cinematographer: Kim Woo-hyung

Editing: Lee Eun-soo

Music: Kim Hong-jib

Casting: Yum Jung-ah, Ji Jin-hee, Yoon Hee-seok, Kim Yu-li, Lee Eun-sung

Production: MBC Production

Pretty Pictures
100 rue de la Folie Méricourt
75011 Paris
Tel: 00 33
Fax: 00 33

Year: 2006

35 mm, Color, 112 min, 
OV Korean with French subtitles

San Sebastian Film Festival 2006

18th May 1980. Running away from a demonstration suppressed by the army, young socialist activist Hyun-woo finds shelter in the mountains with Yoon-hee. After his passionate love story, Hyun-woo decides to get back to his political activities. As soon as he reaches the city, he is arrested and sent to jail. He is released 17 years later. During his long imprisonment, everything has changed – even his fellow anti-government protesters have become mundane. His mother then tells him of the death of Yoon-hee. To cherish memories with her, Hyun-woo goes back to the place where the two had spent a few months together. Reading through Yoon-hee's diaries and letters, he discovers that she was the only one who remained loyal to him to the end.

“I examined the behavior of the ones who fight against abuse of power. This observation is critical. It is ‘critical’ in the sense that the positive as well as negative aspects come out of this analysis. This political aspect is the background of the story, but the love story is the real epicenter.” Im Sang-soo.

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