by Brad Nelson
Everyone’s a victim these days, so that’s a word that has lost a lot of emotional impact, at least for me. What we find ourselves doing in this culture is trying to ramp up our emotions and tears to match increasingly thinner notions of victimhood.
And while doing so, seemingly only a few ever notice that they are but playing their part in someone else’s macabre and useful psycho-drama. But as long as we shed tears over supposed victims, that supposedly marks us as morally superior people, and therefore many are glad to oblige.
But all of this pseudo-sentiment dissolves into the drivel that it is when one is faced with a real victim, one of those “children of a lesser god” who didn’t quite catch even the minimum breaks in life and is instead severely mentally and physically handicapped.
In “Oasis,” So-ri Moon plays “Gong-ju Han” who is a handicapped young woman whose world is a small one because of her disabilities. Her world is enriched by the odd intersection of her life with a slightly askew social misfit in the person of “Gong-ju Han,” played by Kyung-gu Sol.
What unfolds is much more than just an improbable love story of overcoming life’s challenges. Although the film takes some liberties with sentimentality, woven into this film is a dark commentary on mankind as well as a severe statement regarding conventionality.
But this is a smart film. Nothing is particularly pat. But you will be moved by the incredible performance of both So-ri Moon and Kyung-gu Sol in a film that is a must-see for those who admire startling and sometimes hard-to-watch quality – and a quality that is certainly not conventional. I give it 3.7 nose-wipes out of 5. • (908 views)