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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Me and Me’

August 27, 2020Ben MK

As human beings, our sense of self-identity is founded on many things that we may not necessarily realize and may even take for granted — our friends, our family, our career, to name just a few of them. But what would happen if all of that was suddenly taken away?

First-time writer-director Jung Jin-young (best known for his numerous television roles and from such movies as The Good the Bad the Weird) explores this very scenario in Me and Me, a tale that follows a police detective named Park Hyung-gu (Cho Jin-woong) as he investigates the fiery deaths of a school teacher named Kim Soo-hyuk (Bae Soo-bin) and his wife Yun Yi-young (Cha Su-yeon) in the small rural village of Kangshin. But when detective Park delves further into the strange circumstances surrounding the young couple's demise — in particular, the fact that the local villagers had the pair locked inside their burning home with iron gates — he begins to experience an extraordinary life crisis, leading him to question the very nature of his own existence.

The result is a mystery worthy of Alfred Hitchcock himself, following in the footsteps of such modern classics as Memento and Shutter Island. But unlike those films, Me and Me doesn't tie up its loose ends quite so tidily, leaving viewers to make their own inferences about what they've just witnessed.

Me and Me makes its North American premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 45 min.

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