Movie Title: Silenced / The Crucible / Do-ga-ni
Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang
Release Date: September 22nd, 2011 (South Korea)
Date Seen: August 3rd, 2012
Country of Origin: South Korea
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This is a powerful, hard to watch, yet fantastic movie. It’s extremely well done while also being extremely graphic. Why graphic? Not necessarily visually, but explicitly you hear details about the molestations that you don’t want to. But it works. It makes you feel uncomfortable beyond belief at the horror these children went through. Other scenes are just beautifully shot – like a deaf girl taking a stand in front of a court room. The use of music, simple piano tunes, is great in the movie.
I think everyone should watch this movie – if you can handle it. It reminded me a lot of “The Stoning of Soraya M.” It’s not for everyone, but if you do watch it – you will be moved and you will be thinking. But you have to be ready for the horrors you are going to hear and see.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
The movie opens with a horrifying scene. A young boy, maybe 8-10 walking along train tracks. His face turns to the camera as a train is coming towards him. His face is dirty and he has some scratches on it. Then he gets hit by a train. We see his shoe on the ground, and his slumped body over to the side.
At the same time, Kang In-Ho (Yoo Gong) is heading to Ja-ae Acadamey – the school for the deaf. He hit an animal on his way – so stopped at a repair place. There, deciding he needs to get to the school starts to leave. Before he even starts his car, a woman hits him. She tries to blame it on him – but his car wasn’t even on. Then the mechanic points out that she reeks of liquor. The lady relents and says sorry and offers Kang a ride, because now his car is smoking. She drops him off and gives him her card to let her know what the price to fix the damage was. The card says she is Seo Yoo-jin (Yu-mi Jeong), and works at a human rights office.
As Kang walks into the school, he sees two girls sitting on the stairs. He says hello to them but they stare at him – and then run off. They look sad/depressed/scared. Gang meets with the Principal – he is glad that Gang is a student of “Professor Kim” – an old friend of the principal. He says he knows he can “trust” Kang, since he was Kim’s student. The administrator of the building, Chief Lee comes in. He is the principal’s twin brother. Lee asks his brother “What about the thing?” and the principal further says that since he was Professor Kim’s student – they can trust him. Lee takes Kang up to his living space – and tells Kang that he owes them $50,000 saying “You didn’t expect to get a teaching job for free, did you?”
The first day of class (art) he compliments one of the girls from the stairs on her painting. Then a boy comes into the room, obviously very late and not in uniform. He looks up at Kang and his face is bruised up. Kang asks another teacher (Mr. Park) about the boy, Min-su. The teacher tells Kang that Min-su’s brother died a few days ago – was hit by a train (oh oh) and hasn’t been himself. Kang says he just feels like all the kids are a little different. Mr. Park goes on to say that “a disability in the body leads to an impairment in mentality”. This is already showing the completely screwed up mindset the people at the school have. Ugh. He then says that he’s been there for 10 years and “still can’t get the kids to open up to him.” Creeper.
That night Kang reads up on his students. Min-su has no mother and his father is bedridden. One girl from the stairs (who ate an apple in art class), Jin Yu-ri is labeled as mentally disabled and with a crazy appetite. The other girl from class and the stairs, is Kim Yeon-du. She is listed as an orphan. As Kang leaves the school – he calls his mother and asks about his daughter Sol. His mother also tells him that she got the money and it’s in his account (so $50,000 must be translated differently if it only took a couple of days to get it). Kang gets off the phone suddenly because he hears some horrifying screams coming upstairs. He is about to go in the bathroom where it comes from – but a security guard stops him. He says the kids make strange noises all the time and Kang shouldn’t worry about it.
The next day we see the principal paying off Inspector Jang – a police officer (duh). They’re both making jokes about the kids about how they’ve “told them not go go out at night… but what’s the point in telling them if they can’t hear?!” Kang comes in to bring his money for the “school development fund”. Jang makes some jokes about how they should go out on the town together. Kang leaves – and we flash to the teacher work room. People are working on their computers, grading papers…. and Mr. Park is beating up Min-su in the corner. He is slapping him, kicking him, telling him to “keep your manners even when you’re being hit.” No one in the room cares about what is going on – so it must happen ALL the time. Kang walks in and walks up to Mr. Park and asks him “What’s the matter?” Before answering him, Mr. Park gives him one more good slap. He says that Min-su snuck out last night and with two girls, and he (Mr. Park) was “so worried” (his voice sounds like sarcasm). Lee comes in and says the prinicpal wants to see Mr. Park. He first bends down to Min-su saying that they should “open up to each other more”. God creeper. Mr. Park leaves, Kang and Min-su kind of look at each other, and then Min-su just picks himself up and leaves. As Kang goes to leave the school, he notices Yu-ri is sitting halfway out the window in her room. Being deaf, she obviously can’t hear Kang’s screams for her to get in because she could fall – so he runs up and pulls her from the window. She is freaking out and looks at him and has a new fresh cut and bruised eye. Kang says he’s sorry he scared her by pulling her out of the window but was worried. Yu-ri is clearly terrfied of him none the less and hides in the corner. Kang gets up to leave and sees her doll on the floor and hands it to her. Yu-ri must now feel like she can trust him and grabs his jacket and leads him to a staircase – then runs off. Kang goes down the stairs, sees some scissors and a lock of hair, and sees a woman…. holding Yeon-du’s head in the washing machine. Kang pulls her away and the woman says she is “Yoon Ja-ae, the after school counsuler”. So she is in charge of them at night. Kang yells at her saying she can’t do that and if he sees it happen again he’ll have her put in jail. Ms. Yoon just gives him a look of “you just try.” About that time, Yeon-du passes out.
That night Kang calls Yoo-Jin to try and get her help. He takes her to Yeon-du who says that this is definitely assault and something needs to be done. The next day at school, the principal and Lee are asking Kang about what happened. The principal says he gave Ms. Yoon a firm talking to – and then asks where Yeon-du is now, because she never came home last night and Ms. Yoon is worried and wants to apologize. Kang says he took her to the hospital. The principal (in a clearly fake way, well, at least to the viewer) asks if it was that serious and when will she be back. Kang says she’ll be back tomorrow and both Lee and the principal say they want to go pick her up – and ask which hospital she is at.
In art class, the students are drawing their partners. Min-su isn’t drawing his partner and is just sitting there. Yu-ri doesn’t have a partner. Kang sits with her and says Yeon-du was sick, so she couldn’t come to class. He then says he’ll be her partner. Yu-ri doesn’t want Kang to draw her because of her bruises and scars – but Kang says he’ll draw her very pretty. They draw each other and Kang’s drawing (being an art teacher) of course is fantastic and Yu-ri’s drawing is what you’d expect of a 10-12 year old girl. Kang puts the picture up to his face and smiles like it making her laugh.
That night, Kang and Yoo-jin meet at a diner. Yoo-jin reveals that she found out Yeon-du was sexually molested – by the principal. Kang can’t believe it – but Yoo-jin pulls out a piece of paper that Yeon-du wrote on last night. It says thinks like “he hit me and I said no”. Nothing else on the sheet was translated so I’m not sure what else. Yoo-jin also says that other girls have been raped, and by others at the school. Mr. Park even rapes the boys. The police are paid off (cue in flashback to creepy inspector guy) so that even if the kids report it, nothing happens. Those kids are also the ones who get beaten more. I think this must have all come from the note (because there was a lot of writing on it). At the same time we see Ms. Yoon, the principal, and Lee going to the hospital towards Yeon-du. Back in the diner, Yoo-jin also reveals that the principal and Ms. Yoon are lovers – and Ms. Yoon said if she ever saw Yeon-du flirting with the principal, she’d kill her. Kang rushes out of the diner for the hospital. He gets there to find that Yeon-du isn’t there… they freak out for a moment and hear whimpers coming from the closet – Yeon-du is hiding there.
The next day at the human rights center, Yoo-jin is asking Yeon-du what happened. Kang is translating and they are recording the testimony. Yeon-du appears bruised, with her hair half gone on one side, and just worn down. It’s a powerful image. She starts to slowly sign what happened. As the story goes on – we see a flashback of what she is signing. This makes it all the worse – because you are hearing Kang narrate while you witness the events leading up to the rape – sometimes even flashforwards to Yoo-jin’s now cut up/bruised hair. Basically what happened – the principal called her down to his office, showed her some porn, and started to go up her shirt. She ran away to the bathroom and locked her self in a stall. He pushed open all the doors until he found a locked one. He jiggles it and she sits there crying and covering her mouth…. above her we see the principal slowly appear over the stall looking down on her – and then he climbs into the stall. Yeon-du starts making the terrible crying screams we heard earlier. You see him pull both their pants and underwear off – kicking her to keep her in the stall. About this time is when Kang knocked on the door. Kang is having a hard time translating knowing that he was there and could have stopped it. The interview stops there – and Yu-ri appears there as well, behind them. Now we have a flashback to her rape – the principal (or Lee?) bribed her with candy and sweets to get her to his office – and then raped her. Yeon-du says that she saw the rape. he principal said if she told anyone, he’d kill her.
Back at his apartment – he is clearly struggling and can hear the screams of the girls. Then his doorbell rings – it’s his Mom and his daughter Sol. It’s been a year since Kang’s wife died and she came to visit. They kind of fight – apparently Professor Kim has a lot of connections and so this explains why Kang got this job and really needs it. Sol is sick and Kang needs to get a great job to help pay for her medicine. So this job is a stepping stone to saving his daughter.
The next day Yoo-jin is being given the run around by every single possible agency. They all are saying it’s not their jurisdiction to convict, and think it’s stupid to convict, especially of of some deaf kids words. So looks like everyone is paid off/aware/doesn’t care. As she is unsure of what to do – a coworker calls and tells Yoo-jin that a TV station picked up their case and to get back asap – so they have at least someone to bring awareness to the issue.
At the school, Mr. Park is once again beating Min-su. This time, in the principals office. He is beating him demanding to know where Yeon-du and Yu-ri are. Min-su won’t answer. Kang is directly outside the door hearing what is going on – he is even more conflicted now because he KNOWS he needs this job to save his daughter – but at what cost? Inside the room, Lee says that he, Mr. Park, must be getting soft if the kids aren’t scare of him anymore. So Mr. Park grabs a golf club. The principal stops him – and tells him to go someplace quieter to do that. As he leaves he finds Kang outside the door. Kang just lets him and Min-su walk by. Lee and the principal direct him in – but you can see Kang’s face changing and knowing that this is wrong. In slow motion, he runs after Mr. Park and slams him on the head with the vase he was carrying. He then takes Min-su to the human rights office. He will tell his story only if the men will get punished.
They first ask about Min-su’s brother – and what made him go to the train tracks. Mr. Park told Min-su and his brother to come to his house. They didn’t want to but Mr. Park beat them. We then flash to a nasty image of Mr. Park giving the boys a bath. They’re all naked. Mr. Park throws Min-su out of the room – and so he leaves him to watch as he starts to rape his little brother. Apparently though, Min-su isn’t quiet enough so Mr. Park goes and beats him – leaving the little brother to watch the beating. Min-su says that the bating went on for a long time. When he woke up, his brother was gone. Mr. Park, seeing that he’s awake, now moves on to raping Min-su. The interview now continues, but we are seeing it on news stations – all across the country. So everyone is hearing the testimony. Inspector Jang hears the testimony as well. He goes and arrests the principal of the school. Lee and Mr. Park are also arrested. In the car Jang tells Lee and the principal that he had to arrest them or else their whole office was going to go to jail as well. He instructs them on the lawyer to get and what to do. So he’s still on their side even after hearing that nastyness.
As the kids walk into court, some people are outside supporting them, while others (members of the church that the Principal goes to) are screaming hate at the children. Yoo-jin says she is glad the kids can’t hear this. In the court room, they wonder who they got for their lawyer. It is a man, Hwang Woo-sik, who used to be a judge and this is his first case in court. Kang immeditely looks depressed and says that this is bad – because it means he will get favorable treatment. Judges always get a “favorable outcome” on their first trial in court. Oh shit. The trial starts and whoever is speaking (Principal or Lee) is giving a religious bs kind of talk. The deaf people in the audience start making noises and signing for an interpreter. The judge calls them to order, but they obviously can’t hear. Yoo-jin points this out. The judge says if anyone speaks out of turn he’ll throw them out. She then stands up and politely says that the case is involving members of the deaf community and therefor there should be an interpreter. The judge throws her out of the court room. Oh shit.
Outside the courtroom as Kang and the kids leave, a woman comes up and slaps Kang and spits in his face. She then attacks Yoo-jin for making up these lies about her husband – the principal. Kang is super calm. In the car, Kang asks Yoo-jin if he can stay at the office for a while – because the school fired him.
In court the next day – they are interviewing the security guard (the one who at the beginning of the movie stopped Kang from going in the bathroom). The good things out of this day – there is now a sign language interpreter, and the judge is at least listening to the prosecution when they object. The security guard says that on the night that Yeon-du was raped, he saw Kang outside the bathroom door. He said Kang said he heard screams and asked the security guard to go look. He did, and no one was inside. So he’s lying. The prosecution asks the security guard questions about his old job – he was fired for stealing from the previous school he worked at. They want to know how he got this job – and the guard says “someone introduced [him].” The prosecution points out that the guard even paid the “school development fund” fee (that Kang also did).
The next witness is a doctor who examined Yu-ri. She says that Yu-ri doesn’t have the normal symptoms of a child who was sexually abused (no humiliation, was calmly eating cookies, etc.). Yoo-jin tells Kang that the doctor is also in cahoots with the principal and everyone. Oh shit. The prosecutor brings up a copy of the FIRST report the doctor wrote. The judge wants to know if she re-wrote it. Yes she did. Uh oh. The prosecutor reads her first diagnosis – which suggests that the girl was sexually abused. The judge demands to know why she changed it – she said it’s because the girls hymen appears to have been damaged 5 years ago… which would have meant the sexual abuse started when she was only 9. So that’s why she changed it, because that’s just nasty (and raping a 14 year old isn’t?!). The defense attorney chimes in saying that that has to be true – because it’s physically impossible to have sex with a 9 year old – even if it was consensual. The court room goes nuts.
At a meal, Min-su and Yeon-du aren’t eating. They say they aren’t hungry. Yu-ri however, has devoured her bowl and has stuff all over her face – giving the kids a chance to laugh. And reminding the viewer how young and innocent the kids are. They then go play on the beach and there is a cute moment between Yeon-du and Kang, and they watch as Yoo-jin plays with Yu-ri and Min-su in the sand. They all walk away, like their own little family, with Yu-ri on Kang’s back, the other two between Kang and Yoo-jin, and Yu-ri even says she wishes that they were her parents. Yoo-jin is like “oh man no way that’s no fair I didn’t get a say in it? All funny like.”
The next day at court, Yu-ri is on the stand. The prosecutor is asking the men about her. Both Lee and the principal say they don’t remember her, except that she is mentally-disabled and they might have pat her head a few times. Mr. Park says that of course he knows her, because she was in his class and that he “loved and cared for her.” The prosecutor then asks Yu-ri which man raped her. She says all three did. He asks how many tiems. She starts trying to count and just says “a lot, very many times”. He asks when it started. “In grade three.” The principal gave her a dollar every time to buy cookies with. She then starts describing the rape. It’s rough watching her sign it – and then even more rough when it switches from her talking about the principal duck taping her to a table – to seeing him actually doing it. The principal starts screaming court about how it’s all a lie and others join in – the camera flashes to under Yu-ri’s chair… and she’s wet herself while telling the story.
That night Yoo-jin and Kang are discussing how the prosecutor wants to settle. They can settle the matter privately with their parents. Problem is, Yeon-du doesn’t have parents, and Min-su has a disabled father and BOTH of Yu-ri’s parents are mentally disabled. Yoo-jin realizes that they picked these kids on purpose – for the fact that they don’t have parents able to take care of them. They point out that if Yu-ri and Min-su’s parents settle, then they only have Yeon-du’s case. So then it goes from 3 vs 3 to 3 vs 1. Ew. Then Kang’s phone rings. Professor Kim is in town and invites him to tea. When he arrives, Professor Kim is obviously there… as well as the defense lawyer. They are giving Kang back his money that he donated to the school. And a little extra. They say they “hope Kang will help them settle with Yeon-du”. They also say that when it’s all over then, they’ll support Yeon-du until college. So they’re bribing the shit out of him. Professor Kim gives the “I’ve already found a spot at a school for you to teach at in Seoul – would be a shame to waste your talent.” Kang says he is sorry and better get going – he leaves the briefcase. Before he walks out the door, the defense lawyer pulls the “think of your daughter – she’s sick” card. Ahhh. Next we see Kang outside the tea house – going into a fit of rage – and breaking his own car window. It doesn’t appear he took the money.
The next day, a lawyer calls to tell Yoo-jin that Yu-ri’s dad already settled. His relatives convinced him to do it. In court, Kang is making sure Yeon-du really wants to do this – testify. About that time – in runs in Grandma – she is yelling at him – because he didn’t tell her what is going on. And she is PISSED that he didn’t take the bribe from Professor Kim and the lawyer. She asks him if this girl, Yeon-du is more important than his own daughter – and that he shouldn’t have stood up for what is right this time. Damn grandma, yous a bitch. Kang says that that if he can’t be a good father to this girl right now, he can’t be a good father to Sol. In the courtroom, the defense attorney demands that Yeon-du identify which of the two men raped her. The prosecution says that’s not fair, because they’re twins. The defense says she has to be able to identify who the principal is, to say he did in fact rape her, or else maybe it was the brother. No way of being sure unless she identifies him. The judge allows it – Yeon-du goes up to both men and makes a gesture at them. She then correctly identifies which one the principal is. The judge wants to know how she knew. She said it’s because neither man knows sign language – but the principal would always do the gesture for “Don’t tell anyone or I’ll kill you.” She did that gesture to both of them and one of them winced. So that’s how she knew he was the principal. Next, the defense attorney tries to poke holes in her story. One thing she had said earlier was that she went to buy ramen and then heard faint music so walked over to where the principals office was, and that’s when she saw Yu-ri getting raped. How could she hear it if she’s deaf? Well, she wasn’t always deaf. She says she can still hear faint noises sometimes like music. They do a test. They have her standing in front of a tape recorder – and will begin some music. They tell her to raise her hand when she hears the music. The music starts out super quiet with just a piano. There’s a beautiful shot of her standing in front of it with the judge in front of her, and it’s very well done. The song starts to have a singer – and then she slowly raises her hand. The attorney then turns it off, and she lowers her hand. Then he waits a bit, and starts it again. This time, we hear what Yeon-du is hearing, a muffled ringing type version of the music. She raises her hand again. The judge accepts her testimony. The whole time during this, grandma was watching from the back of the room and seems to realize that she was a major bitch. She is waiting for Kang outside and gives him some food as a way of saying sorry…. and then asks “how can adults do this to these poor children?” and walks away.
That same day (I think) Yoo-jin heads to Min-su’s Dad’s house. She finds Ms. Yoon at the door. There is a confrontation with Ms. Yoon be a sarcastic bitch about how sad it is that Min-su’s dad settled and blah blah blah. That night, Min-su is all excited and ready to testify and talking about how he wants to do a good job, like Yeon-du did. Kang has to break the news that the testifying isn’t going to happen because Min-su’s dad “forgave” the man (I think it was a poor translation – it couldn’t be that word). Later that night Yeon-du wakes Kang up to tell him there is something she never mentioned – the time the principal dragged her into his office and the porno was playing – she thinks HE was the one in the porno with a young girl. Yoo-jin and Kang go to his office to look for it in the middle of the night. They find that the principal had a camera up recording the things he did – and they find the tape of Yu-ri being raped (that Yeon-du witnessed from the window).
They take the tape to their lawyer – the good thing now is that even though Yu-ri has settled, the date on the tape indicates that it was BEFORE she turned 13. This means that they can prosecute the principal regardless of a settlement. The lawyer says he’ll take the evidence to the judge immediately, before the sentencing takes place the next day. At the sentencing – the judge starts to discuss how it was a horrible thing to molest these deaf children and couldn’t believe something like this could happen. The deaf community’s faces are all excited because it looks like the men are going to be fairly punished. Then the judge starts a “however….” Oh god. He says the men always took great care of the children, otherwise, and had no prior record, and two of the children’s families even settled out of court. Therefor the sentences are as follows:
Mr. Park – 8 months in jail, 2 years probation
Mr. Lee – 6 months in jail, 1 year probation
Principal – 6 months in jail, 1 year probation.
Obviously the deaf community side is in uproar. Things are being thrown, people are trying to get at the judge or the men, etc. It’s a slow motion crazyness with shots of the men smiling that they got off so light, Kang just looking around stunned, Ms. Yoon with her bitchy smile, Yoo-jin trying to get at the lawyer (who appears to have a guilty look on his face), and the three children… Min-su and Yeon-du with tears rolling down their faces, and Yu-ri eating a sucker while patting their hands.
That night we see the men celebrating at a strip club or something that they got off easy. They all want to thank the judge. Their lawyer says that was definitely a great “privilege of former post” (since he used to be a judge). Lee then asks “and how did you win over the prosecutor” (oh dear god). The lawyer says the prosecutor had hit rock bottom in his career – and the lawyer took him into his firm. Oh god, so everyone was corrupt. Did the prosecutor even show the judge the tape? If he did, would it even matter?
Kang is leaving to go home to his daughter and says goodbye to Yoo-jin. He doesn’t go in and say bye to the kids because he can’t face them right now. Yoo-jin goes up stairs and brings the kids some food. Yu-ri starts signing something, and then Yeon-du comes in with a concerned look on her face. They tell her that Min-su has gone to enact revenge on Mr. Park. She calls Kang and they both speed over there. Mr. Park is seen walking drunk along the train tracks near his house. He turns around a finds Min-su there. Mr. Park is all “oh, did you miss me? you’re all wet (it’s raining), let’s go wash up.” And then Min-su stabs him in the side. Kang is seen rushing over the train tracks right before a train is coming and arrives at Mr. Park’s house and beats on the door, but obviously they’re not there. Yoo-jin is seen stopping at the train tracks because the train is in the way. Min-su is now laying on the train tracks and Mr. Park is beating and kicking him saying “that hurt! I loved you! How could you do this to me?” He also looks up and sees the train start to be nearing them. Taking the momentary distraction, Min-su stabs Mr. Park in the foot, causing him to fall. There is then a struggle on the train tracks, with Mr. Park trying to get off. Min-su grabs Mr. Park’s wound in his side and gains the advantage and ends up on top of Mr. Park. He is holding him down and going to let the train hit them both. Kang runs up and sees it happen and yells for Min-su – and then watches Min-su and Mr. Park get hit by the train. All we see left on the train tracks is Min-su’s shoe – just like his brothers shoe at the beginning of the movie.
Not sure how much later, probably no more than a couple of days – Kang and the two girls are inside of a white tent with a picture of Min-su. You can hear outside the tent someone yelling “You are occupying the street illegally. If you do not move, you will be charged with violations.” Outside the tent, Yoo-jin and a number of protestors are sitting in the street in front of the courthouse with signs. They weren’t translated, so I don’t know what they say, but it doesn’t matter. Inspector Jang is the one yelling on his megaphone. Then he realizes that they are deaf and can’t hear what he is yelling. He has a number of riot police in riot gear behind him. About that time a car pulls up – with the judge from the trial inside. The community swarms the car and is egging it, beating it, etc. The police try to push them away and even bring out a big truck with hoses to push the people off. Some people are simply watching from the sidelines doing nothing – as the cops are dragging people away to arrest them, shoving them down, etc.
In the middle of this, Kang slowly walks out into the mess with his picture of Min-su. He repeats over and over “This boy is Min-su. He cannot hear or speak.” As he does this, the hose gets more and more centered on him. It gets so strong on Kang that he is pushed down by the force of the water and Kang keeps getting back up. It’s so powerful. Eventually he is knocked down and two cops tackle him. The picture falls to the ground and a cop runs by and shatters the glass. The two girls are seeing crying outside of the tent. Dear mother of god cry fest scene. If anyone could watch this scene and not bawl like a baby – wow.
Fast forward one year. It is Yoo-jin writing a letter to Kang to give him an update. Their appeal was rejected, because of the settlements. The kids are now being taken care of by good people. It’s Christmas and the kids are having a cute time in the background. Yoo-jin says that Yu-ri is receiving some psychological help and is getting a lot healthier on all accounts. Yeon-du has decided that she wants to become a teacher and help people, just like Kang. Yoo-jin then says that she asked them once what they felt changed the most during the trial. The girls said that they “realized they were precious… just like everyone else”. Kang is seen walking down a busy subway tunnel and then stopping and staring ALMOST directly into the camera during this…. and then the camera switches to what he is looking at. A big ad, to visit the city of Munjin (which is where all that drama happened).
This movie, although hard to watch, was fantastic. If you like dramas I highly recommended it. Some of the visuals were very well done, great shots, and the use of music was great. It was a very powerful movie that gets you thinking. Watch it, if you can handle it.