DARIUSH ALAVI

This is all fiction


The Tech In Return To Seoul

One of the many strengths of Davy Chou’s superb Return To Seoul is its depiction of our current dependence on technology for communication. Characters are constantly texting each other, or making video calls or using translation apps to say something to someone who doesn’t speak their language. This should bring all of them closer together, but it often seems to have the opposite effect, causing them to retreat further and further into their own worlds. It’s easier than it’s ever been for us to bare our souls not just to those who know us, but to complete strangers. And yet true openness is in short supply. An upsetting paradox that is explored in an extremely moving way in the film.



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