Previously at the ICA - Films
12 Nov 2010
For the last decade Hee-soo (Uhm Jung-hwa) has been a bestselling author but at her peak of fame she is accused of plagiarism and overnight her career and life lies in ruins. She dives into a deep depression for two years but with help from her friend and publisher she builds the courage to write again. Hee-soo drives to a remote cottage in a small town with her daughter, Yun-hee and begin to experience strange goings on. Yun-hee talks to a mysterious and unidentified figure, telling her an unusual story about a disappearance. Desperate for ideas, Hee-soo writes down these tales from the imaginary friend and turns them into her comeback bestseller.
Happy to have regained her previous life Hee-soo is rocked again by new, founded accusations of plagiarism from a book that was published ten years ago. To prove her innocence Hee-soo has to begin a mysterious journey to expose the truth behind her misfortunes.
Teetering between horror and mystery Bestseller takes it’s viewer through a Stephen King style escapade of Korean folklore and unholy conspiracies with great acting from lead Uhm Jung-hwa previously seen in the Insadong Scandal and Haeundae (Tidal Wave).
Dir Lee Jung-ho, S.Korea, 2010, 35mm, 117 mins