COLLECTIVE INVENTION

— by Jeff Schultz

[Special dispatch from the 27th annual Tromsø International Film Festival]

> A young man takes part in a medical research project to make extra money — and ends up half-man, half-fish. His predicament creates constantly shifting heroes and villains, each one subject to reversal, sometimes multiple reversals. Among this South Korean movie’s targets: pack journalism, Big Pharma, class snobbery, celebrity and the fickleness of crowds. Although the fish head “costume” moves only minimally, the artists behind it have invested it with tremendous pathos, mostly through the eyes. The resolution is so obvous, I may be the only one who didn’t see it coming.

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