LOL Cats

As 5 women leave school behind they find their friendship strained and their lives unraveling in Jeong Jae-eun’s Take Care of My Cat. As one after another they hand off a rescued street kitten, how each takes care of it (or doesn’t) is a nice reflection of their particular way of dealing with a new bewildering world. Like in All About Lily Chou-Chou text messaging plays a large part in connecting them together as they tackle their problems. But the multiplicity of signs and signage littering the landscape in the form of billboards, advertisements and train schedules seems to have more solidity and legitimacy; indications of obstacles rather than directions. Against them, their own messages are like an SOS sent in morse code: personal, immediate, transitory and filled with urgency.

Indeed one of the joys of the film is the way that Korean typography is worked onto the screen, as SMS characters crawl across tables and along glass like the reflection of neon signs.


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