Review by Richard Toews.
In Whang Cheol-Mean’s Let’s Finish!!!, three characters - Joachim, the female and self appointed leader, and LA and Heballet, her male companions - have met on a suicide website and, presumably, made a suicide pact. They decide to take a journey, the end of which will mark the fulfillment of their agreement. For Joachim, LA, and Heballet, the journey becomes a metaphor about the meaninglessness of the unexamined life.
For the most part their journey is defined by chaos; it has neither a beginning nor an end; there is no connection between the characters, nor do the characters have definition to any degree. We have no idea why they have chosen the path they are on, and none of the characters form any type of bond. From the very beginning of the journey, Joachim’s status as leader falls apart and the void remains unfilled.
In Let’s Finish!!! the notion of suicide takes on a dynamic that would do Schopenhauer proud. “I don’t want a meaningless death,” says Joachim. For Joachim, a meaningful death by her choice defines the value she places on her life, and yet we discover, as does Joachim, that in the darkest place, the place of impending death, live hope and grace, which she transfers to the others — to love again, in whatever form it takes, is the gift of grace and hope.
Whang Cheoi-Mean | South Korea | 2006 | 100min
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