A Tale of Two Sisters
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It's not surprising that "A Tale of Two Sisters" owes much of its success to its credibility. The relationships of these people - the resentful and protective older sister, the concerned but frustrated father, the cold and jealous stepmother- are in the forefront of the narrative, not secondary to the horror. Deep-seated emotions drive the characters, not fear. Unlike most horror or mystery films, we understand less of what's going on than the characters do. Writer/director Kim Ji-woon keeps the audience in the dark until nearly the end of the film. Since these are credible characters, we want to understand what's happening to them, and that sustains our interest. Layers of the mystery are peeled away gradually, revealing a genuine human tragedy with horrific implications.Read more ›
Bit by bit director Ji-woon Kim makes it apparent that there is something deeply wrong. Bad dreams turn into bad reality and back again as viewers learn not to trust the evidence of their eyes. Kim uses a lot of sudden inserts that will have you hitting the pause and step buttons repeatedly, but to no avail. It is a wicked woman, an insane girl, or a haunted house that lies at the dark center of this bleak tale?
This is not so much a horror story as dark tale of characters in search of a resolution - one that uses horror as its metaphor. Gestures and glances leave no doubt in anyone's mind that behind the characters words lies a secret that divides them onto separate parts. Only the two young girls seem to find solace together, but their quiet moments are continually disturbed by their step-mother, who seems mad as a hatter. But, as you can probably tell now from this review, almost nothing is as it seems.
The direction really is brilliant. Careful use of color and shadow make their rural home into a haunted gothic mansion. Memories, not ghosts though, are the lurkers in the shadow, and it is up to the viewer to try to find the real thread in a truly layered plot. Images, especially the use of hair and facial profiles contribute to the double meanings. The acting is also excellent, a far cry from the what we're used to in oriental horror. Having watched Ringu recently I can honestly say that this is the better film.
Have somebody with you when you watch this film. You will want the company before this is over.
Sisters Su-mi (the older and strong-willed sister) and Su-yeon (the younger and more timid one) return to their father’s home, a large rural and gothic house, after being away at the hospital due to extended and unspecified illnesses. Almost immediately after arriving, their shallow, condescending stepmother is on their case accusing and criticizing them for an assortment of things like not cleaning their rooms, being messy, supposedly being rude, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite movies. Scary, fantastic.
It stopped streaming, so I had to buy.
Great psychological art horror if youre in the mood. A delightful balanced stew for special occasions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noah Martin
The first minute of the movie was not good. Doc washing his hands and someone coming into the room, wait, wait, and wait some more before the person actually appears on the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Desert Gal53
An interesting movie that can be a bit confusing until everything falls into place at the very end.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was awful. At the time I was doing research to find the scariest movies I could, and this one made the top many time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda B.
This quickly became one of my favorite movies. It was kinda hard to watch because I have a sister who is older and is only 21 months apart from me. It will make you cry... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Bohaty
Two sisters (Su-jeong Lim and Geun-young Moon) return home from a mental institution to attempt a reconciliation with their father (Kap-su Kim) and stepmother (Jung-ah Yum). Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Bonesteel