plays a teen bookworm who has been bullied into loving classic tomes by
his deranged mother (a Korean actress who, alas, cannot be identified
by folks at the festival), a celebrated translator of published works.
Taking leave of all concepts of reality, she ignores her leukemia and
fancifully admits to being the actual woman profiled in Fowles’ book.
Besides, mom thinks she’s in good company, since Carson McCullers, John
Keats and Emily Dickinson surmounted their own bouts with various
illnesses, transforming their suffering into lasting artistic
greatness. While the Korean actress makes for a chilling mommie
dearest, writer-director Seung-bin Baek somehow lends empathic insights
into this disturbing mother-son relationship. A U.S. premiere. Ballroom, Saturday, May 3, 11:30 a.m.