It's as if at times it steps back to admire itself.
From a logical or analytical standpoint, this admittedly makes for a more complex and interesting work.
There's one sickly disturbing and heartbreaking scene in particular that viewers won't be able to shake from their memory, even if they try to.
It may be presumptuous of me to say this, with my imperfect knowledge of Korean, but there's a real elegance to the dialogue in The Old Garden that one may not feel when watching the film in translation.
sense of gloom covered Korean cinema in the year 2007, with fewer strong films than in previous years, local audiences beginning to cool on Korean film, exports showing a continued decline, and the film industry suffering through a recession of sorts.