There’s a tendency with filmmakers to want to tie up loose ends. Even if the story has been intentionally vague, they often eventually crack and shoehorn explanations in at the end. Where directors hold firm and, for example, leave their endings open, they can be pressured by producers or studios to dot all the I’s and cross all the t’s. It’s unusual for a rookie helmer to be so brave, but there’s nothing that isn’t impressive about Me and Me.
Soo-hyuk (Bae Soo-bin) is a primary-school teacher in a country village. Along with his beautiful wife, Yi-young (Cha Su-yeon), they’re well-liked within the community and seemingly have a perfect relationship. However, unbeknownst to them, she’s afflicted by a strange curse. Every night she’s possessed and takes the personality of someone else. For the safety of the villagers, he decides to build a cage, but when tragedy strikes Detective Hyung-gu (Cho Jin-woong) arrives to investigate.
Me and Me is an absolute delight. Jung Jin-young, who made his name on the other side of the camera in the likes of The Good The Bad and The Weird and The King and the Clown, delivers a brilliant debut. It keeps you on your toes throughout, with surprise after surprise. Cho runs the gamut of emotions, providing an acting masterclass; from high comedy to intense horror. It’s such a refreshing change to see a film like Me and Me being made.
Me and Me screened at Fantasia Festival.