Solace (2006)

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Ratings: 6.3/10 from 20 users
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In-ku owns a small retail pharmacy, while taking care of his mentally disabled brother. In the past, he was set for marriage, until his fiance's parents refused to allow the marriage because of his brother.

Hye-ran runs a small retail booth in Dongdaemyun Shopping Center. Often, she resorts to selling counterfeit merchandise to make ends meet. When her father passed away, he left her saddled with his large debts.

As fate has read moreit, In-Ku and Hye-Ran meet in a chance encounter and find solace in each other's company. As they grow closer to each other, so does their problems.

  • Native title:

    사랑할 때 이야기하는 것들

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May 10, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I am not familiar enough with Korean movies to know if this is more the normal for their cinema or not, but certainly here in America this would be an Arthouse film. It is stark, quiet, and poignant.

This movie is not out to take you on an adventure or thrill you. It is not an overwrought romance. It is paradoxically simple in portraying day to day life and yet profoundly deep read more because of how it allows you in the life of the lead protagonists. This type movie is more like someone steps in to someone's life, pushes record for a while, then clicks stop and the movie is over.

Yet in this nearly two hours we see the gritty, grizzled details of two people and their real world problems. We see a love started and how life's problems can simply get in the way of letting that love turn into the fairy tale so many movies and dramas portray.

If more real and less contrived storytelling is your thing and you want to visit an experience more akin to your own normal complicated life, this story is definitely for you.
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Nov 30, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
A nice story about two people with problems in their life and how, as the title states, find solace with each other. In Ku has a mentally challenged brother that he and his mother take care; Hyeran is in debt, inherited from her father after his death. They meet and it's interesting how their relationship starts. It's not a bad story. If you are looking for a super deep love story, this read more truly is not it but if you are interested in watching a decent story, I recommend it. This story is more about people and how they deal with their problem than a love story.
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    bmore Oct 25, 2016

    A lovely, thoughtful, adult,reality movie. No easy solutions. Just lives lived, day to day, as best they can. Not a movie for everyone, no fairytale story. It's about the difficulties of real people leading real lives and doing their very best to survive and not let life destroy every moment. What beautiful moments they can find and use to get through the hardships of their lives is what keeps them fighting day to day to day. This is not a grand emotional ride. It is a very quiet movie. You drop in and visit these people, watch them for a while, then leave knowing they have, at least for now, the strength to endure and fight on.


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Nov 30, 2006
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 54 min.


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    6.3 (scored by 20 users)
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