Mi-ji works in a beauty parlor. One day she runs into her old friend Eun-na in the subway. A day later, a half-naked picture of Mi-ji is found at her work place. Although she is hardly recognized in the picture, Mi-ji will have to face her coworkers and explain who Eun-na is and why that picture was left at her job.
It’s complicate to express on film the feelings of a woman in a figurative way. Make-up, this 34 minute long half-length film, manages to do so in a sweet and solemn way through a simple and defying language. This film is full of mysteries where the behavior and doubts of the main character are due to an internal turmoil: the confusion of real and imaginary; the collision of present and past… In this story, the memories of people that Mi-ji knows, including herself, develop in her brain like a nest of actions and words where it will become complicated to tell what’s real and what’s not.
The director of Make-up, Hyun Jeong-jae was born in 1980 and studied at the National Art University of Korea. He has directed several other films, including The yesterday’s of Tomorrow (2006) and The Red Queens (2008). Make-up (2011) participated in the past edition of the Independent Film Festival of Seoul.
Make-up is one of the films selected for the Official Section of the 5th Edition of Valencia’s International Half-length Film Festival ‘La Cabina’.