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Extrabeings choose four people to receive odd gifts on their birthdays during the offspring of what seems like the end of the world.

Seung-bin Baek’s I have a date with spring is part drama, part horror. But more drama. It is constructed as an anthology.  While the different stories do not really combine, extraordinary circumstances stir out the main protagonists of their daily routine.  There is an overall feeling of unease about it. It is a tale of the bizarre, not relying much on effects, but rather on situations.

I have a date with spring goes as a character study about various people who obviously became outcasts in their life span.  Refugees in their own world,  connecting again through exceptional situations that ultimately could be from The Twilight Zone. Early on, the film suggests and explains more then it shows explicitly.  Nothing is straightforward, everything is fragmented. Depending on the viewer, it may be received as a refreshing take on apocalypse or as a confusing item. It is obviously a deliberate choice.

The greatest thing about I have a date with spring, is in its manners in displaying some peculiar, but beautiful (dark) poetry. It is especially apparent in the first part, involving a young high school woman strenuously played by Kim So Hee (she is quite amazing),  going on a roadtrip with a bipolar and mysterious stranger.

When hope is at its lowest, why don’t take a risky path? There is tension, beauty and humor in the same frame. Rightly, the female characters in Baek’s film come with a strong positive output and influence on their (mostly) male counterparts.

After all, apocalyptic films are also about the call up to fight for a better world…

 

Fantasia Screening: Wednesday July 18, 3:00 PM – Concordia University’s J. A. DeSève Cinema.

 

 

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