Memento Mori | Chicago Reader

Memento Mori

This strange South Korean hybrid (1999) begins as a hothouse drama but evolves into a supernatural thriller, though it's more subtle than anything of the Stephen King stripe. At a boarding school for teenage girls, two students embark on an illicit affair and then, tired of hiding their love, passionately embrace in front of shocked classmates. After one girl commits suicide, the diary she shared with her lover comes into the possession of a third student, and its entries inspire a series of temporally disjointed flashbacks. Directors Kim Tae-yong and Min Kyu-dong compensate for the occasionally overwrought theatrics with effectively creepy atmospherics. In Korean with subtitles. 97 min.

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