100 words or less: Oasis Review

I was too comfortable in “acceptable” notions of love until I watched Oasis. The heart-wrenching tale chronicles the growing romantic relationship between Jong-Du Hong, an intellectual challenged young man recently released from prison, and Gong-ju Han, a young woman living with cerebral palsy. I want to fully say “I love their love” but like other Lee Chang-Dong’s films it’s hard to position yourself in a story which blatantly uses violence towards the female body as a tool to propel narrative and build characters. Is it righteous to disregard an otherwise well-intentioned film purely on this basis? Am I overanalysing?

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