Number 4 – Madonna (마돈나)

Hae-rim is charged with locating Mi-na's next of kin

The best of the Cannes selected Korean films, director Shin Su-won’s Madonna powerfully explores an array of social injustices within contemporary Korean society through a nurse’s investigation of a Jane Doe. As the drama jumps back and forth between the lives of both women the narrative exposes the rampant sexism, social inequality, and corruption they are forced to endure, ultimately leading to a kinship of sorts. Madonna is powerful yet also gruelling – it’s a punishing viewing experience as director Shin’s protagonists are continuously abused and assaulted without any form of hope or redemption on the horizon – but when the credits roll the impression is certainly one that lasts.

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