Review by: Mut Asheru
“How to Breathe Underwater” shown at the 2017 Busan International Film Festival is a breathtaking ode to the heartache of daily living. Directed by Hyeon–seok Go, the film’s central characters are drowning in the tediousness of daily life. Amazingly, their lives resemble countless souls around them and because they are so ordinary it’s easy to imagine or better yet realize that they could be you. Or worse, they possibly are.
For the most part, I found the film’s characters well-acted and easy to sympathize with. The postpartum depressive wife, not so much. The script employs a CRASH like delivery and timeline approach that works well for the ending that is a bit anti-climatic but still solid.
HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER was one of the Busan International Film Festival (2017) New Currents winners.
The synopsis reads:
Hyeon-tae, a foreman at an auto-parts factory, is ordered by Jun-seok, the Personnel Department manager, to ask one of his men to resign. Meanwhile Jun-seok’s wife, Eun-hye, gets her car towed away after leaving it on the roadside. These two incidents, occurring on the same day, converge toward a tragic ending.