Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Bacchus Lady (2016) NYAFF 2016
Playing an senior citizen forced to turn a sell sexual favors to supplement her income, Youn Yuh-jung is woman struggling to get by. Things become complicated when she ends up caring for a young boy whose mother is carted off for stabbing an ex-partner.As things begin to turn weird time and tide begin to take a toll on her clients forcing her into a role of a different sort of angel.
Ballsy, in your face and not shying away from the fact that growing old sucks big time BACCHUS LADY is a refreshing look at what it means to have time wear one down. Life may be all tea and crumpets when we are young but there is a point where it all turns banana shaped. BACCHUS LADY shows us that apologetically.
What I love about the film is that the film is not all gloom and doom. There is a humor to much of the proceedings. Life is absurd and this film shows that offering up laughter with the tears and chuckles with the shocks. While it doesn't take the sting out of the story, nor prevent it from breaking your heart, it does keep the audience from wanting to play in traffic when it's done. Truthfully it will make you want to go out and hug a mother, father or loved one of a certain age.
To be completely honest I was not planning on seeing this film, but the oppurtunity fell in my lap and I jumped at and I'm glad a did. This is one of my favorite surprises of this year's NYAFF.
For tickets and more information go here.