IL MARE | LEE HYUN-SEUNG | 2000

Lee Hyun-Seung delicately blends the old school romance with a powerful yet minimalistic visual style. He paints every frame with stunning, idyllic soft-focus shots, without indulging in heavy-handed dialogues, letting the visible curiosity and well-guarded personal space of characters bring the narrative alive.

Two troubled individuals, separated by temporal time warp, connect through letters found in the letterbox at Il Mare, the name of the Lake House. The idea sounds preposterous, but the way characters navigate through their personal space and heal each other, without succumbing to the genre tropes, via the fantastical exchange of letters, has more to do with impulse and the emotion of love, than the plot itself. Hollywood could not resist the charm and remade the film in 2006 titled ‘The Lake House’, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

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