Starring: Lee Dae-Yeon, Park Myeong-Shin
Director: Park Ki-Yong
About This DVD
This mostly improvised second feature from Korean director Park Kiyong is the year's standout entry in a new and significant subgenre: the snail-paced Asian epic. Shot in 12 days on black-and-white digital video, Camel(s)--the oblique title refers to a poignant poem about exhaustion and survival, though I'm not sure about the "(s)"--is that rarest of films: a film of the present. In other words, it's defiantly about what it's about--loneliness, in this case--and nothing else.
Two escapist-minded middle-aged characters with no real past nor future (at least not together) meet, have dinner, go to a hotel, have sex, order some noodles, and do a lot of driving in silence--a lot of driving in silence. Park makes up for the lack of dialogue with a precise, Bressonian use of sound: Indeed, the tick-tock monotone of a lane-changing signal is enough to bore a hole into one's soul. An audacious exercise in DV minimalism (the 35mm blowup yields an astonishing grain), Camel(s) is something of a masterpiece: Even those who'll find it exasperating will find it unforgettable.
|Audio Format:||DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic) (B&W)|
|Special Features:||Making Film, Two Music Videos, Interviews (Actors), Other Trailers, Theatrical Trailers, Cast and Crews, EPK, Two TV Spots, Scene Selections|
|Availability:||No longer available|