Samaria (2004, KOR) C-95m. *** D: Ki-duk Kim. Starring Min-jeong Seo (=Yeo-reum Han), Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee, Kwon Hyun-Min. Another fascinating drama from the new Korean cinema and one of its wunderkinds about two school girls, who decide to prostitute themselves to finance a trip to Europe. One girls sells her body unflinchingly, her friend is her "manager". Then tragedy strikes... Deeply felt, subtle drama, a telling observation of modern youth, and later modern parenting. Not for everyone's taste but well-acted and hypnotic towards the end. Fine score makes use of a famous classical theme. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival. English title: SAMARITAN GIRL.

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