Directed by: July Jung
Starring: Bae Doona (Station chief Young-nam), Kim Sae-ron (Do-hee), Song Sae-byeok (Yong-ha), Kim Min-jae (senior cop at the station)
Country: South Korea; Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Korean; Effed Up Korean Movies
Genres: Cops, Lesbian, Domestic Abuse, Old-Young Relationships, Teen-Childhood, Human Trafficking (Illegal migrants)
Plot – Spoilers:
In a small Korean fishing town where most of the younger folk have packed and left for the cities, a young station chief Young-nam arrives. Her new posting from Seoul is a disciplinary move designed to take the heat off her sexuality. But Young-nam has something else in her closet. She’s an alcoholic who brings with her, crates of water bottles hiding booze.
Most of the time, Young-nam is a pacifist who prefers to lie low and not assert her position as station chief unless provoked extensively. One of the people in town out to bait her is Yong-ha, a young drunk who runs fishing operations and whom the older townsfolk depend on for almost everything. His position as the big frog gives him a certain blind confidence that he could easily pick up the new city chick with his crude mating dance. Though Young-nam tries to politely ignore him, she soon can’t, once she discovers that he regularly thrashes his step-daughter whom Young-nam feels instantly protective of.
A Girl at My Door is a very daring movie because it goes places where other films on similar topics rarely do. There are only grey people here, none are black or white. Not even the victim.