Beautifully, if statically, photographed, this elegant but inert road movie fitfully impresses with its lovely images and deliberate pacing, but there’s really not a lot going on here. Jeon Soo-il, making his first feature, shows an interesting style, but needs to inject more dramatic thrust into his material. Future screenings are likely confined to fests with Asian sections.
Protagonist, played as a cipher by Sul Kyung-gu, teaches film theory to bored university students; his girlfriend, Kim So-hee, is also an academic, and something’s clearly not right about their relationship. After some desultory preliminaries, they set out across country by train and bus to the village where her family lives, but to no real purpose. Meanwhile, he plans to make a documentary film about birds, but when he gets the chance simply walks away. Impatient viewers may also be tempted to ankle from this handsome but minimal exercise in noncommunication and alienation.