Take Care of My Cat

2001 [KOREAN]

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 2357

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Reviewed by howard.schumann 9 / 10

A perceptive coming of age film that avoids genre clichés

33-year old director Jae-eun Jeong's Take Care of my Cat is a perceptive coming of age film about five young Korean women trying to cope with the transition from high school to the adult world. Though a bit overlong and somewhat disjointed, it is an honest work that avoids genre clichés of sex, drugs, and even boyfriends. The film received a major award at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2002, but did not gain proper recognition until its DVD release this year. The title refers to a stray kitten, Tee tee, which is passed between the five girls and, as circumstances pull their lives apart, serves as a connection between them. Set in the City of Inchon, the bleak working-class environment establishes the mood of the film. According to the director, "Inchon is a city with many immigrants who came during the war or in the 70s during industrialization. It is a city full of wanderers that matched my characters who were outsiders."

The girls are in constant movement. Whirling through the city on subways and buses between work, clubs, and restaurants, we get a sense of their optimism and energy. Programmed to play entire melodies, their cellphones ring constantly as the girls coordinate their meetings and activities. In a clever gimmick, the director floats the text messages on the screen, in bus windows, and building walls. While it took me a while to get to know each character, each one has a strong and distinctive personality and, by the end, I felt a part of their lives. Hae-joo (Yo-won Lee) is the most outgoing and self confident but can be self-absorbed and insensitive to others. Through connections made by her affluent family, she lands a job as an assistant in a brokerage firm.

Although aware of the fact that she is a "low-wage" earner without much of a future at the company, she becomes fashion-conscious, carries a Louis Vuitton bag, and is acutely conscious of her appearance, spending money on laser surgery for her eyes. When she moves to Seoul to advance her career, it further strains the relationship with the others. Ji-young (Ji-young OK) is the opposite, a soft-spoken, sensitive young woman who lives in the poorest section of town with her grandparents in a run-down shack and cannot find a good job. She lacks the means to develop her considerable potential as a designer artist and is prone to moods of sadness and withdrawal. Tae-hee, in an outstanding performance by Doo-na Bae, is the glue that holds the friendships together by arranging meetings and bringing people together.

Tae-hee works for her father in his traditional "hot-rock" healing spa and, in her spare time, types for a poet afflicted with cerebral palsy who has developed strong feelings for her. Twins Bi-ryu (Eun-shil Lee) and Ohn-jo (Eun-joo Lee) play minor roles as they try to scrape together a living hawking jewelry on the street but their characters seem included more for comic relief than to further the plot. The girl's world seems strange to the older generations but the harsh reality of survival is constant, their ambitions often at odds with the male-dominated society. Ji-young wants to be a textile designer but is unable to go to school, Hae-joo wants a respectable job in the business world, and Tae-hee dreams of escaping from the suffocating restrictions of her family, though recognizing that running away is "so tacky".

She comes into open conflict with her family in a restaurant when her traditional father, rather than admitting he can't read the menu, orders the most popular dish for everyone. Tension arises between Hae-joo and Ji-young when Hae-joo invites everyone to go on a shopping spree even though she knows that Ji-young may feel left out. Tae-hee is the most supportive and is there for Ji-young when tragedy strikes, willing to do whatever is necessary to support her. Take Care of my Cat has no peak dramatic moments, no plot contrivances that propel us toward certain emotional responses, only the sad undercurrent of the inevitability of change in a confusing world. Backed by the moody electronic sound track by Kim Jin-cheol and Byul, I found Take Care of my Cat to be a moving experience. Jae-eun Jeong does not provide easy answers as to the direction the girls will take, but, by avoiding cynicism, she allows us to see their life in terms of possibility.

Reviewed by kerpan 10 / 10

I'll take care of your cat anytime

Goyangileul butaghae aka Take Care of my Cat (JEONG Jae-eun, 2001)

"Cat" tells the story of five young women, one year after their high school graduation. It focuses particularly on three of them: Tae-hee (played by BAE Doo-na -- an upper middle-clas girl, who feels trapped by her rather philistine family -- who works for free for the family business and as a volunteer typist for a young poet afflicted with severe cerebral palsy), Hae-joo (played by LEE Yo-won -- a somewhat lower middle-class girl, who has a job as a trainee in a brokerage firm, and has dreams of unencumbered upwards mobility, with all the attendant opportunities for conspicuous consumption) and Ji-young (played by OK Ji-young -- an orphan who lives with her impoverished grandparents in a rather squalid slum dwelling, who wants to study textile design, but currently can't find any work at all to help supplement the meager family income). The other two girls are the twins Bi-ryu and Ohn-jo (played by LEE Eun-shil and Eun-joo, currently working as street vendors selling home-made jewelry "all strung with the highest grade fishing line").

Like Ozu's films this movie SEEMS virtually plotless -- but beyond describing the overall situation (which I did above), I find it impossible to say much about the plot content that couldn't spoil a new viewer's enjoyment of the many little twists and turns of the story. Let it suffice to say that all three of our key characters suffer a number of vicissitudes during the relatively short time span covered by the film.

After watching this a second (and third) time, I noted something that had not registered at the time of my first viewing. The film very much reminds me (in a number of ways) of recent Aki Kaurismaki films, especially "Drifting Clouds" and "Man Without a Past" (which was released AFTER "Cat"). JEONG and her cinematographer CHOI Yeong-kwan (also a relative beginner) show the same ability to present what OUGHT to be ugly urban settings in a way that gives them an unexpected sense of beauty (with no trace of artificial prettification). The humor is JEONG's script is mostly rather dead-pan, passing by with no attempt to "play it up". And she shows a deep affection and respect for her characters (even for Hae-joo, who can test the patience of both her friends and the viewers of the film with her arrogant self-centeredness). Finally, the finale of the film is rather reminiscent of that of the Kaurismaki films I mentioned already (saying more would definitely be a spoiler -- if this vague circumlocution is a spoiler in itself -- accept my regrets).

One final word, the five young actresses featured here are absolutely splendid, one and all. And, if there is any justice is the cinematic world, at least one of them BAE Doo-na should be destined for "greatness".

Reviewed by huh_oh_i_c 9 / 10

Melancholic, recognizable 'odeur'; Is begging for a sequel

This film had a pensive effect on me. For some reason, it reminded me of F*cking Åmål, (don't go All-American/FakeChristian/MidWestern hypocrite on me and report this, it's the official IMDb title --> http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0150662/), perhaps it is the theme of childhood or teenage-ship which runs through both of them. When I watched F*cking Åmål, I strongly felt that it showed a world of teenagers lost to me now forever and 'Goyangileul Butaghae' is actually about that, so there. It's quite a film with a lot of recognition, even if one is not a twenty something female, but a European male from a different age group altogether. For the first minute that I watched it, I didn't realize that it wasn't a European film. I was just zapping. And I'm kind of sorry that I didn't tape this one. Because the film's beautiful sadness or melancholy, is striking indeed. It's really a film which you wanna own on DVD or tape. Quite nice to get a peek inside Korean teenage-twins life, the harsh differences (the policeman telling an orphaned girl who just lost her grandparents due to a collapsed roof too that she should count herself lucky to be rid of a burden) and the similarities (the way they deal with boys etc).

Okay, maybe I just liked this film because it's about five attractive girls and I'm male but that's not all of it. Like the other users said, its atmosphere, the 'odeur' is so beautiful. The ending (it was my favorite type of ending. Don't worry, I won't tell;) ) screams for a sequel! I wanna see more! How about 'Tae-hie and Ji-young's Travel Adventure'? And where can I get the music?

The Melancholic Alcoholic.

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