Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival - The Last Dining Table
The Last Dining Table is a South Korean film made up of short episodes from various characters lives, including a grandmother who wants to divorce her dead husband, a mother trying to contact the spirit of her recently dead son and a young woman starting out as a telephone sex operator. Dialogue is minimalist and the viewer is left to infer a lot from the action and visual clues, which is probably easier for those familiar with Korean culture. The Film Festival brochure claimed that all the characters were united in a shocking conclusion, but in fact they all met in a railway station, nothing happened and then the credits rolled. Hmm.