TIFF Journal: Day 6, The Housemaid, Abigail Breslin at the Horseshoe Tavern & The Festival Music House
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By Jennifer Lee I officially have the flu. Lucky for me, there’s nothing like a revenge film to perk the senses. The
Housemaid first shocked conservative audiences in 1960, when director
Kim Ki-young premiered the now classic South Korean story of lust fulfilled and vengeance plotted. 50 years later, it returns to theaters, reimagined in vibrant artistry for contemporary audiences by writer/director
Sang-soo Im. “The characters are really different, but the story is the same,” says actress
Jeon Do-yeon, who plays Eun-yi, the naïve-turned-embittered housemaid. Lovely in her delicate cream dress, hair pulled back with deep red lips, she would resemble a dainty ballerina, were it not for the sage intensity in her eyes. Winner of 2007’s Cannes Best Actress Award, Do-yeon’s conveyance of her characters psychological state as fueled by her emotional traumas is the nuance of the erotic thriller. After being used and cast out in a cold game of seduction, Eun-yi obsessively nurtures a nascent taste for retribution for the damages incurred by her seducer Hoon (
Jung-Jae Lee) and the family that has enabled his callous treatment of her.
I leave the Four Seasons and head back to The Intercontinental where I need pick up tickets from a publicist for
Julia’s Eyes, the Midnight Madness presentation produced by
Guillermo del Toro (
Pan Labyrinth). I stop in the restroom to pick up some tissue for my bouts of sneezing and run into
Abigail Breslin priming her auburn locks in the mirror. She flashes a quick smile and hurries out. The young actress is in town promoting
Janie Jones co-starring
Alessandro Nivolo, who plays her estranged rock star dad in the film. Later that night I see little Miss Breslin again, this time on stage performing at the
Janie Jones party held at the
Horseshoe Tavern. She’s in the same casual outfit as she had on earlier this afternoon. I tell Laura this and we both feel happy at the discovery of something no fuss in the whirl of festival glamour. When the singing has come to an end, we head over to
The Roosevelt Room home to the Festival Music House. A late night lounge with a well-curated musical lineup, the
Festival Music House is a gathering spot for locals involved in the festival, and the bar of choice for out of town industry types from in and around L.A.’s Silver Lake neighbourhood. For every perfectly tailored suit you find at one of TIFF’s post-gala parties, you will find Tom’s shoes matched with skinny trousers rolled at the cuff here.
By the time we arrive, both
Tokyo Police Club and main attraction
City and Colour have finished. We’re consoled by the fact that we managed to buck up the night before and catch the end of
The Stars performance…the tea revitalized us. It’s not a wasted trip though, open till 4 a.m., music is better than the bulk of the festival clubs and the dance floor is busy, though there is ironic hipster dancing that must be maneuvered around.
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