third watch and it never gets old, love the interpretations viewing this as a girl’s struggle to reject womanhood and the expectations of a woman’s domestic role - wondering if its bizarreness could be an attempt at visually representing the hysteria prescribed to women who refused to exist the way they were expected to? aesthetically, it’s certainly as disturbed and chaotic as such a subversive would be described. just thinking!
it's the intricacies of this story that draw me in most - the seamless way it reveals characters that are far more than one-dimensional, deepens the plot without becoming difficult to follow and misleads the audience along with certain characters. i usually prefer films that feel more like a snapshot than a story, but park chan-wook's storytelling is so meticulously crafted, with endless attention paid to every detail, that it evokes the same feeling of falling into what it is you're watching…
early in the film, a character asks the question “are we losing interest in everyday life?” what follows is a quietly tender story that, through intimate frames and dialogue, encourages us to take the time to notice all the magical subtleties of the world that are often easy to overlook. although focused on the mundanities of the day-to-day, columbus still manages to slip its audience into a dream.