Can you imagine how people react when they see a pig falling into the well? Naturally, they will gather around to witness this peculiar accident. After a while, the pig disappears into the water, and all that is left is just the reflection of people's faces on the surface of the water. Feeling embarrassed and awkward, they quickly return to the routine of their daily lives. The movie is the very portrait of people gathering around the well.
The well in which the pig drowns is a metaphor for the city of Seoul in 1996, says director Hong Sang-soo. The characters of the film represent a sampling of several types of individuals seeking fulfillment in the mid-1990s after undergoing the tumultuous period of the 1980s.
He asked four screenplay writers to write a day in the life of the four major characters in the film. Acting as detective, each writer imagined following a character through Seoul. Hong them brought together the separate stories and wove them into a cohesive narrative structure.
The movie intermingles the episodes revolving around the four major characters: novelist Hyo-sup, housewife Bo-kyung, salesman Dong-woo and box office girl Min-jae.
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I was intrigued at first because I like novels, or movies talk about Hyo Seob where it boils down to being a writer in difficulty who at one point in his career was not only a successful writer but also a college professor. However, it seems that, generally poor in monetary terms, he is rich in love. In fact, he has two women he loves: a 24-year-old former coworker and a very attractive married woman. However, even with these ties of affection, Hyo Seob still loses control and repeatedly drunk, which leads not only to physical damage, but also to hinder his already stagnant career. The only thing seems to give Hyo Seob even moderately happy that a married woman, Bo Kyeong, stopped having sex with her husband who gives him sole possession of at least this ...
"The day a pig fell into the pit" is quite heavy and slow but very poignant.
He shows us different characters, one at a time that is somehow related to some of the others and his power lies in how it can seem so natural and casual.
An extremely uncomfortable visual experience for all casual viewers, as well as being average because he finds it difficult to understand the portrait of a failed artist or an absurd tale of very strange and bizarre human relations.