A Korean folk tale is transferred to contempo New York in "Abigail Harm," an uneven fantasy-flavored art movie toplining Amanda Plummer as a loner whose yearning for love magically materializes in the shape of a handsome young man. The third feature by Korean-American helmer Lee Isaac Chung ("Munyurangabo") establishes an intriguing ambience, but the original tale's ruminations on free will and the fundamental need for humans to connect with each other are muffled by a minimalist approach to storytelling. Pic should have a decent future on the fest circuit, but faces a daunting challenge in the commercial arena.
CREDITS: Directed, edited by Lee Isaac Chung. Screenplay, Samuel Gray Anderson, Chung. Reviewed at Busan Film Festival (World Cinema), Oct. 7, 2012. Running time: 80 MIN.
With: Amanda Plummer, Tetsuo Kuramochi, Will Patton, Burt Young.
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