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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 14

2015/05/31 | 759 views | Permalink

In a bit of a fakeout, Deok-in doesn't confront her mother right away. Instead, she retreats to Jin-woo, admitting that there's some things she can't handle. And Jin-woo wristwatch. I can't tell whether that was supposed to be weirdly clunky product placement or whether director Kim Geun-hong just needed to include some kind of visual clue that Jin-woo the school teacher comes from a wealthy family. I'm inclined toward the former explanation personally.

Anyway, how is the rich family doing? Well, they play some golf but other than that they don't do too much. Normally I'd consider this a good thing but this episode is so slow overall that there's not really that much of anything happening anywhere. I did like the way Hyo-jeong's threat predictably backfired. In the first place it finally clearly demonstrates that Kyeong-tae really is kind of a jerk. Kyeong-tae doesn't really have a nice side- he has a scheming side. And right now those schemes are at best impeded by the presence of his girlfriend. Although to Kyeong-tae's credit, he doesn't seem like the jealous type.

Back to Deok-in's storyline. Even though she puts up a brave face to Jin-woo at the start, the next encounter makes it all too clear that this is just not at all a good time for Deok-in to meet her birth mother. Deok-in is dealing with too many issues right now relative to her self-esteem, and being faced with a woman who looks older than her and is rather non-subtly a chronic alcoholic just makes Deok-in feel all the more worthless.

In the face of all that emotional despair it actually comes off as something of a relief when Kyeong-cheol shows up and starts thinking of new ways to act like a petty child. I'm not really sure this actually counts as much of a scandal at all. "Make a Woman Cry" has rather clearly implied that Deok-in opened up the snack shop as a way of coping with her son's death. Given that Kyeong-cheol coped by ditching his family altogether, how does anyone even know she's married?

Overall "Make a Woman Cry" is moving into more straightforward ethical territory- classic melodrama stuff, really. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I liked Kyeong-cheol and Jin-hee better when they were jerks who had somewhat sympathetic motives. Really, they managed to convince Deok-in to sign the divorce papers once. They could probably do it again if Kyeong-cheol would, say, express any kind of remorse about his mother's suicide attempt.

Review by William Schwartz

"Make a Woman Cry" is directed by Kim Geun-hong and Park Sang-hoon-III, written by Ha Cheong-ok and features Kim Jung-eun, Song Chang-eui, Lee Soon-jae, Ha Hee-ra, Oh Dae-gyu and Lee Tae-ran.

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