In Your Hands,
101 mins, not yet rated.
Take My Eyes, 106 mins, not yet rated.
A Good Lawyer’s Wife, 104 mins, not yet rated.
(Selected films from the 51st Sydney Film Festival (11-26 June 2004))
Three fictional feature films also touch on legal issues. First,
from Denmark, In Your Hands, directed by “Dogme” disciple Annette K
Olesen, is set in a women’s prison. Anna is a priest, and her
first job is as a prison chaplain. In prison she comes up against
issues that will shake her faith to its core. And when she
(miraculously) becomes pregnant she has to face the possibility of
giving birth to a severely handicapped child, or the alternative of
abortion. In Your Hands is a thoughtful drama with some excellent
Next, Take my Eyes, from Spain, is a powerful film that deals in a
balanced and sympathetic way with domestic violence. Set in
stunning Toledo, and played out against a background of gorgeous
architecture, and sublime paintings by El Greco and others, Take My
Eyes was one of the best dramas of the festival.
Finally, from South Korea, A Good Lawyer’s Wife focuses on the life of
a busy lawyer in Seoul, and his extended family. The lawyer, his
wife, and their friends are members of the affluent new group of
Koreans known as the 386 generation – in their 30s, they entered
college in the 1980s, and were born in the 1960s. On the surface
they are hard-working conformist members of the bourgeoisie, but
underneath there is turmoil, as the lawyer uses his job to conceal an
affair, and events spin wildly out of control. A Good Lawyer’s Wife is
a fascinating social document.