The London Korean Film Festival presents a screening of Lim Sun-ae's An Old Lady, part of the Women's Voices strand.
69-year-old caregiver Hyo-jeong is undergoing physiotherapy in hospital when she is raped by a much younger male nursing assistant. Attempting to seek legal redress, Hyo-jeong possesses a complete lack of credibility in the eyes of the criminal justice system, and also amongst her closest relationships; what she confronts here is society’s prejudices against older people, and in particular older women’s bodies.
Lim Sun-ae’s remarkable debut feature addresses the uncomfortable intersections of misogyny, ageism and capitalist values. Lim quietly layers the film with pervasive everyday aggressions, and rather than focusing on the traumatic incident itself, the narrative reveals the prejudice and discrimination that Hyo-jeong is forced to overcome.
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