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Once, Mi-ju (Seon Hyeon-a) was a talented concert cellist, but a car
accident in which she was involved and her best friend Tae-yeon (Park
Da-an) died changed all that, and nowadays she's just teaching cello, and
otherwise leading a normal family life with her husband Jun-ki (Jeong
Ho-bin), her two kids Yoon-hye and autistic Yoon-jin, and her outgoing
younger sister Kyung-ran.
Then though Mi-ju is attacked by one of her former students who thinks
it's Mi-ju's fault that she didn't become a famous concert cellist
herself, and who promises revenge. A short time later, autistic Yoon-jin
develops an almost unhealthy obsession for a cello, the new housekeper,
mute Ji-sook poritively freaks Mi-ju out, and then sister Kyung-ran learns
that her fiancé has left her and hangs herself ... or was she killed by
some inexplicable force ? Then a recording of Mi-ju and Tae-yeon - who was
also a cellist - turns up somewhere, which drives Mi-ju totally over the
edge - and when her husband, who has never before heard of Tae-yeon, does
a little investigation, he comes to the conclusion that Mi-ju might even
have murdered her best friends all these years ago. But the worst is yet
to come ...
One day, little Yoon-hye falls off the balcony to her death with a
little help of her autistic sister, and since Mi-ju doesn't want the girl
blamed for the death, she hides Yoon-hye's body and tries to hide the fact
that she's dead even from her husband. Of course, hubby Jun-ki finds the
girl's dead body soon enough and now thiinks Mi-ju has murdered her. They
get into a little fight, at the end of which Mi-ju accidently kills her
husband by pushing him against a nail in the wall ... then the spirit of
Tae-yeon appears in front of her, and threatens to kill her daughter
Yoon-jin as well. Mi-ju tries to save her daughter by stabbing the spirit,
but she accidently stabs her housekeeper instead. Then, Mi-ju goes to her
daughter's room and beats her cello to pieces with a golf club since she
somehow blames the instrument for everything (it makes sense in the
movie), but once she turns she finds the cello intact and Yoon-hye beaten
to a pulp ...
Ultimately the spirit of Tae-yeon tries to kill Mi-ju as well when ...
... when Mi-ju wakes up from a coma, she was involved in a car accident
(which happened near the beginning of the film) and everything is actually
fine, her family is alright, her condition is improving rapidly, and she
even can go home in a few days time and resume her normal life ... when
suddenly the situations in her dream start repeating themselves in real
life, and it seems the spirit of Tae-yeon is indeed after her ...
Intelligent ghost story that lives not so much from its special effects
(though there are quite a few) but rather from its clever scripts full of
plottwists that are at the same time original and make perfect sense in
the realm of the ghost story. Apart from that, the film never makes it
quite clear if everything is really the work of a ghost or just Mi-ju's
subconscious triggered by a bad conscience - until the end of course when
everything is revealed to be a dream ... and even the somewhat overused it
was just a dream-plot device works in this film here, adding yet
another uncanny (though not wholly original) twist to a very unusualgenre
story. That the film does not only have a great screenplay but is also
well-acted, dilligently directed and full of tension and suspense does of
course not hurt one bit either ...
Strongly recommended !!!