Jong-du, who has three previous convictions, pays a visit to the family of the victim in the hit-and-run accident for which he served time and meets Gong-ju, the victim’s daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Jong-du is fascinated by her at first sight and visits her again when he knows she is alone. Over a series of clandestine meetings, the handicapped young woman and the feckless young man come to fall in love with each other. However, their love is not the one that is understood by anyone else.
In a brutally poised way, Oasis describes the shameful truths in Korean society, which most people feel uncomfortable with. The film is about people who either paid their price for wrongdoing or are stigmatized for no reason. One is an ex-convict, and the other is a disabled woman. Their relationship begins when Jong-du visits Gong-ju’s apartment to apologize for the accidental crime that irreparably scarred her family. She is confined to the place by her siblings who only care about government support. Jong-du is shunned by society as a useless loser. Depicting the fate of people, either isolated or abandoned, this daring allegory reveals how some people go on their way in a situation where any relationship is deemed impossible. Too many truths that everyone wants to evade feel sad and depressing. Still, the authentic characters rendered by Moon Sori and Sol Kyung-gu give us a sense of spiritual freedom. [JANG Byungwon]
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