Posted in Fantasia 2012, Fantasia International Film Festival, Film Festivals, Reviews

Fantasia 2012 review: Love Fiction

Love Fiction (2011)
Director: Jeon Kye-soo ; Screenplay: Jeon Kye-soo
Cast: Ha Jung-woo, Kong Hyo-jin

This is an okay romantic comedy but to its credit, Love Fiction does feature atypical characters. The protagonist is a writer, Joo-wol, who’s suffering writer’s block until he meets a woman, Hee-jin, on a business trip. She works for a film importing company but also does photography as a hobby. He writes a cheesy love letter to her and they begin to date. He also discovers she doesn’t shave her armpits which is funnily enough what breaks him out of his writer’s block.

The usual romcom tropes also appear. There’s the cliched montage of them having fun on various dates. There’s an awkward scene where he confesses his feelings during a social gathering with Hee-jin and her co-workers. Then there’s also a somewhat contrived meeting where he finds out something unsettling about her past which eventually leads to an argument between the couple during an exhibition of her photos.

The funniest scene is the music video near the end. The fictional scenes of Joo-wol’s serial story that he writes for a tabloid are also pretty funny as they deliberately exaggerate various film cliches. Although they don’t seem to relate to the main plot in any significant way. Despite the story being told from Joo-wol’s perspective, we really don’t get that much insight into his character and it doesn’t seem like he really learns anything either. The ending is also not particularly satisfying. The film works better as simple entertainment than as a drama with any sort of significant insight.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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