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Written and Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring: Music Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Bae Doona, Lee Ji-eun, Lee Joo-young

As I’ve mentioned earlier than, typically there’s a sense of achievement in discovering a movie in actual time. In different phrases, experiencing it with out the expectations put forth by calculated trailers and available synopsis. I’m discovering that it is without doubt one of the most rewarding issues about being a reviewer. I had not heard of Dealer, or Kore-eda (sadly) however I used to be happy nonetheless – it’s by no means too late to be taught and by no means too previous to find.

The conception of Dealer, its Korean setting and its controversial subject material, “child containers” apparently happened throughout the manufacturing of 1 Kore-eda’s earlier movies. They check with a mechanical receptacle, the place little one house owners (largely moms) can anonymously abandon newborns safely. Whereas the thought has been round all through historical past, child containers in trendy Korea have been popularized by a Korean pastor within the late 2000s, after a toddler left on the entrance of his church died from publicity. 


Within the movie, Ha Sang-hyeon (Music Kang-ho), an proprietor of a laundry and stitching store, works at an area church the place he and his buddy Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) steal infants from the child field. They then promote the infants to potential dad and mom for a major price. One evening, after taking a new child from the child field and deleting the church’s surveillance footage, they uncover that the mom, Moon So-young (Lee Ji-eun), has returned for the kid. Collectively, they determine to collectively meet and interview the potential dad and mom whereas being within the sight of two law enforcement officials making an attempt to catch them within the act. 

Dealer opens with a melancholic scene of Moon So-young, carrying her child within the rain and heading to the church child field. It’s a bleak starting that our seasoned film plot brains would count on to be one other grim Asian drama. However Kore-eda performs with our expectations right here, gifting us as an alternative with an unexpectedly poignant street movie, nuanced with delicate slices of tenderness, humor and realism. 


The entire solid is superb (many will acknowledge Music Kang-ho from 2019’s Parasite), offering a appropriate match with Kore-eda’s clear and concise dialogue, and becoming into this minimal world cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo has visually created. Dealer works from that conciseness, and it’s a easy trip attending to care about these characters. The lifelike really feel of the movie permeates all through, little doubt as a result of Kore-eda’s historical past as an completed documentarian. 

Curiously, Dealer had all of the substances for the traditional noir-thriller: 2 criminals, a femme fatale, gangsters, police, and so forth. However Kore-eda takes it unto its personal path, telling a human story with out all of the glitz and fairy mud. The narrative lies in that center floor the place easy dialogue and course could make for compelling cinema. Dealer is a powerful piece of filmmaking and a touching one which goes past simply child containers – it’s an introspection into chosen or discovered households and the which means or ‘phrases’ of unconditional love.

3.5/5 Reels

Evaluate by Vince Caro

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