Vegetarian – Review

Posted January 26, 2010 in


Sundance Film Festival

Director: Lim Woo-seong

For some, it’s the crusade for animal rights or the desire to eat healthier when deciding to become vegetarian, but for Yeong-hye (Chea Min-Seo) all it took was a dream about transforming into a perennial and she was officially off meat. So much so that not only did she empty her refrigerator of its fleshy contents, but the putrid smell coming from her meat-eating husband inevitably led to their divorce. As Yeong-hye’s family grows tiresome of her apparent impertinence, her brother-in-law and struggling artist Min-ho (Kim Hyun-Sung) becomes infatuated, both creatively and erotically, with her predicament and discovers inspiration like he’s never experienced before. As the two recluses bond, they form an artistic connection that will rock the family’s foundation to the core. Rather than delivering one competent and appealing storyline, South Korean writer/director Lim Woo-seong showcases three banal mini-plots and attempts to mask a typical soft core episode of Red Shoe Diaries with something significant toward feminine empowerment. Eroticism and body paint does not an art house movie make. Nothing stands out amongst this failed attempt at portraying a woman’s liberation except for the hackneyed depiction of adultery and the irritating drone of Jeong Yong-jin’s inept score.

Jimmy Martin


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Screening Times:

January 22, 2010 – 12:00pm – Egyptian Theatre

January 23, 2010 – 11:59pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas IV

January 24, 2010 – 11:59pm – Holiday Village Cinema IV

January 28, 2010 – 9:00pm – Egyptian Theatre