(Audition)
1999

July 9, 2005
Sundance
South Korea / Japan
Japanese
113 minutes

She always gets the part. AUDITION.

A middle-aged widower and TV producer auditions actresses as a means of finding a new wife, and gets more than he has bargained for.

Shockingly turn-away-from-the-screen graphic story of a lonely guy who goes about the process of finding a new wife after his son declares that he’s getting old. At first this seems harmless. Except for the fact that the film which he claims to be casting is a sham and he’s pretty much bringing in young women for a somewhat seedy purpose. He is smitten with one applicant pretty early. She is beautiful and a former ballerina. He also can’t substantiate any of her personal or professional references. But she always wears white and is soft-spoken and shy and beautiful. What could go wrong?

Fantastic static shots where stuff is happening in different focuses and distances from the center and around the outside. Slow moving story makes the shocks more shocking. If you can watch the last 15 minutes of this without turning your head, you are some kind of horror film stud. I couldn’t.

There is a montage of the applicants that proves that quick-edited montages are funny in any language.

It’s a story about objectifying women, even in the service of a good and decent man. I was actually okay with him holding the audition, thinking it a pretty creative way to change the way introductions are made. It was only after the film got scary that I realized just how sexist it is to be a middle-aged man, who invites 25 young, hot, artistic women under false pretenses, in order to woo one into becoming his wife. At least in the dating world, both parties are objectified.

* Halliwells
7.5 Critical Consensus
6.9 Metacritic

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Written by Michael W. Cummins