September 25th, 1993, Andrew Suh, a promising 19-year-old young man, shoots down his sister’s fiancé. At first, this seems unbelievable but as the sad family story unfolds, it makes more and more sense. Contemplating the bigger picture and considering the trauma and the complexity of their respective feelings, you observe a somewhat logical evolution of Catherine and Andrew and the downfall of a family.
This 4-award winning documentary, behind the murder case, shows the values and traditions of Korean family: the importance of the son, the loyalty, the filial responsibility… This documentary is very interesting and quite sad at the same time. I believe the father’s set of mind and inflexibility lead this family to catastrophe. I believe Catherine, who shows some psychotic behavior, the way she is described by others, vowed to destroy this house that she was excluded from and as a consequence, she destroyed her brother. She knew his mentality and up until that day, in his cell block, Andrew believes her. I can understand the director’s choice but I wish I could hear Catherine’s side of the story.