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Ode to the Goose

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Sunday, March 15, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $10 - Regular Admission $8 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
https://harvardfilmarchive.org/calendar/ode-to-the-goose-2020-03 The
latest film by the still, in the U.S., undiscovered Chinese-Korean
filmmaker Zhang Lu (b. 1962) is a good-humored and soulful meditation
on both middle-age love and deceptively sudden life decisions, using a
fractured narrative structure to follow the errant course of a
spontaneous friendship between a recent divorcée and an awkward
younger man, an aspiring poet who happens to be a close acquaintance
of her ex. Moon So-ri is fascinating as a woman suddenly freed from
the weight of past obligations and willfully determined to reinvent
herself. Seizing on a sudden inspiration to take a trip with her new
friend to the southern coastal town of Gunsan, she leads the way
through a series of revelatory encounters that test and define her new
identity. Traces of Jim Jarmusch and Hong Sang-soo linger throughout
Ode to the Goose, which is also defined by a rich and wholly original
subtext about the awkward place of Chinese-Koreans and
Japanese-Koreans in contemporary Korean society and identity. Two
women appear as striking complements and guides of sort, older and
younger, to Moon So-ri's protagonist; the ravishing Sixties starlet
Moon Sook, who magically reappears as the wise and elegant proprietor
of a noodle restaurant, and Parasite star Park So-dam as a traumatized
Alice in Wonderland figure emerging from behind a surveillance camera
looking-glass. The film's title comes from a Chinese poem, one of the
many historical and literary references in Ode to the Goose to the
deeper, more complicated history of Korean national identity. Key to
this quietly powerful subject of the film are the constant, insistent
references to legendary Chinese-born Korean poet Yun Dong-ju, whose
resistance to Japanese colonization resulted in his untimely death and
martyrdom in a Japanese prison.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 19:00 to 21:00



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