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#TIFF21 Review: Together (Short Cuts)

September 11, 2021

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

A new short film written, directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker Albert Shin, Together focuses on two anonymous strangers, a younger woman (Ahn So Yo) and an older man (Kim Jae-Rok), who meet up in a motel room by the sea in South Korea.

Shin made this film to raise awareness of South Korea’s suicide epidemic, including his discovery of internet suicide pacts wherein strangers meet each other online and make a plan to commit suicide together, and he manages to tell a sombre, dramatic story alluding to this subject in around twelve minutes.

The short plays with Shin’s characteristic simmering tension that was seen in his two features In Her Place and Disappearance at Clifton Hill, and has an undercurrent of sadness to it that is both intriguing and haunting. The film is very well acted by its two leads, with Jae-rok Kim and So-yo Ahn delivering soulful performances. Moreover, Together features good cinematography by Myung-Hwan Moon, who also shot In Her Place for Shin, developing a strong sense of atmosphere.

Public Screenings:

Saturday, September 11th – 1:00 PM at Scotiabank Theatre (Short Cuts: YYZ Edition)

Monday, September 13th – 1:00 PM at digital TIFF Bell Lightbox (Short Cuts Programme 04)

The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9th to 18th.

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