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A man who has lost the woman he loves is drawn into a new relationship that's as uncomfortable as it is inappropriate in this drama from director Park Chan-Ok. Joong-shik (Lee Sun-kyun) is a political activist who is trying to escape from his own past, in which he inadvertently caused a woman to seriously injure her child. On the run from the law, Joong-shik ends up in Paju, a city near the border between South and North Korea. There, he makes his living as a teacher at a religious academy while working with a local group who are trying to prevent the destruction of historic neighborhoods and encourage better relations with North Korea. Joong-shik falls into a relationship with Eun-soo (Shim Yi-young), the mother of one of his students, Eun-mo. Eun-mo isn't happy that Joong-shik is dating her mother, but when Eun-soo unexpectedly dies in an accident, Joon-shik discovers that the daughter is infatuated with him, leading them into an awkward and difficult relationship. Paju was the opening night attraction at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Tribeca Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Tribeca Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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