Directed by: Jeong Yun-Su
Written by: Yun-su Jeon, Yong-jun Park
Starring: Jun-ho Jeong, Yi-yeong Shim and Jae-Won Choi
While Hollywood has always thrived on the subject of extramarital affairs, there was a time when the topic of infidelity and divorce didn’t get much screen time in South Korea – save for melodramatic soapies that always treated the subject with the same angle and resolution. Boy, have times changed.
The unashamedly raunchy Love, In Between is a South Korean film that goes to show conventional views of extramarital affairs have changed, along with how much leg or boob we can display on the big screen. Aside from all the sex scenes (which are at times gratuitous and unconvincing), Love, In Between‘s plot takes an interesting and unexpected direction in its characters’ motivations and action. Can a woman develop a strong friendship with the lover of her husband? Can desire fall under multiple categories?
Despite its initial intrigue and unconventional representation of extramarital affairs in South Korean culture, much of the slow-burning drama is lost in a rushed climax that is far too over the top and dramatic to successfully satisfy the accumulating suspense. When all is revealed,Love, In Betweentakes the easy way out.
Nevertheless, Love, In Between is no doubt a bold move in modern Korean cinema. While overt sexuality and divorce had been previously shied away from or treated with black and white perspectives, Love, In Between goes to show that Korean audiences too enjoy peeping into sex lives, adopt more liberal stances toward sexual relationships and want to see them questioned and represented onscreen.