The Chicago International Film Festival is very excited to welcome the director of Clean Up, Kwon Man-ki. Clean Up follows grief-ridden Jung-Ju as she passively toils at her cleaning job until the arrival of a newly hired ex-con shakes her out of her complacency. Although the young man doesn’t recognize her, Jung-Ju perpetrated a crime against him and his family when he was a boy. The ripple effects of this act slowly play out in their fraught relationship, gradually building into waves of guilt, confusion and anger that threaten to consume them both.
Variety reporter Richard Kuipers described the different elements that make up this impressive film.”Jung-ju’s all-consuming grief and lack of meaningful human relationships is emphasized by deliberately low-key cinematography and a predominantly gray-brown wardrobe which sees her melding into the featureless walls of offices and houses she cleans. The film’s strong sense of human disconnection is further enhanced by the discordant rumblings and sound loops woven into Ko Kyung-chun’s excellent score.” (Variety)
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Clean Up screens Saturday, October 20 @ 4:15pm and Sunday, October 21 @ 4:00pm. Both screenings are at AMC River East (322 E. Illinois).