Kristine Romero’s review published on Letterboxd:
This film does not have a basic thriller plot people are so used to where we have a mystery and a logical conclusion and resolution is at the end. We have here a mystery, and that main mystery expands to other mysteries — mysteries of the world and life. The pacing and structure of the film is in service of the audience experiencing these mysteries as they come.
I don't like that people are so hung up on knowing 'did this person really did this etc.' because it's not the point. There are so many layers to this film: from political, economical, and social issues. Rich in imagery that speaks volumes from Hae-mi dancing to Miles Davis naked dissolving class and borders to Jong-su stripped of clothing at the end where director Lee Chang-dong says he either looks like a newborn baby or a monster filled with rage.