The Liar

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    The Liar

    Geojinmal

    Directed by

    South Korea

    2014

    95 min

    • Korean

    Drama

    Ayoung is a young woman living a less-than-humble life working as an assistant at a dermatology clinic. Although Ayoung barely makes ends meet on a miserable salary earned by popping pimples, she has a secret. She dresses up to shop through expensive high-end apartment spaces she tells realtors she wants to move into or department stores to pretend to buy things totally out of her league. She boasts to colleagues about a rich boyfriend she’s about to marry, adding that and will soon be distributing her wedding invitations. Obviously her real boyfriend is not rich. He is just an employee at a car dealer’s shop who tries to make her happy by driving her in foreign cars displayed at his workplace. As Ayoung’s lies continue, she loses respect from her colleagues, and it is only her boyfriend who believes he can guide her into the right direction. Will Ayoung be able to escape from her own prison of vanity? As the film observes the behavior of an individual, it merciless exposes psychological illness caused by the negative impacts of capitalism.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kim Kkobbi
    Chun Sin-hwan
    Lee Sun-hee
    Le Da-hae
    Jang Seo-ee
    Shin Yeon-suk
    Kwon Nam-hee
    Han Jin-hee
    Screenplay
    Kim Dong-myung
    Editing
    Lee Sun-young
    Music
    Jung Jin-hwa
    Production
    VANGYINLI FILM
    Sales
    M-LINE DISTRIBUTION

    Press

    Obsessions with physical appearances, social status and material possessions are viewed with an intelligently critical eye in The Liar.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    Kim Dong-myung

    Kim Dong-myung

    South Korea

    Kim Dong-myung won the KT&G Best Director Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival 2008 for her film SENBEI SELLING GIRL (2007). She directed her first feature, BATUMBA IN WONDERLAND in 2008, and in 2011, directed FATIGUE, which was invited to compete at the Vancouver International Film Festival.