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Maggie

Prepare to have your pants charmed off by this quirky freeform journey through a Seoul beset by mysteriously appearing sinkholes – all narrated by a catfish.

Dir Yi Ok-seop
Prod Koo Kyo-hwan
Scr Yi Ok-seop, Koo Kyo-hwan
With Lee Ju-young, Moon So-ri, Koo Kyo-hwan
South Korea
2018
88min
Sales M-Line Distribution
With English subtitles

After a sassy radiologist is snapped having sex in the X-ray room, the image swiftly circulates around the hospital. Nurse Yoon-Young is concerned that she might be one of the randy skeletons depicted. This sets in motion a bizarre series of events that see Yoon-Young bonding with her boss (Moon So-ri) and embarking with her on a mission to determine whether human beings are ever really worth believing. Debut director Yi Ok-seop’s portrait of young South Koreans’ contemporary concerns is nothing if not idiosyncratic. It may nod to Miranda July and Michel Gondry, but Yi has a style very much her own. For those seeking sparky cinema full of ideas, Maggie is an absolute tonic, packed with invention and fizz.

Kate Taylor

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