Il-ri's last-ditch effort to try and get Hee-tae to stop acting so heartless rather predictably fails. It fails in part because it's an obvious performance. Il-ri tries to show Hee-tae that she's sincere by directly and openly stating the facts of the situation to other people who can hold her to it. Yet to the very end Hee-tae stubbornly refuses to engage with Il-ri emotionally.
What's even stranger is his unwillingness to to face Seon-joo on these terms. In the entire apartment scene, it's pretty transparently obvious that she's coming on to him. Which is a little unsettling honestly- the guy's marriage just ended, is that really appropriate? Well, actually, it kind of is. Hee-tae isn't acting like a man who's angry or even all that upset about being betrayed. And his coy behavior around Seon-joo has the same unsettling, paternalistic air that he long ago shared with Il-ri.
"Sensible Love" has made another odd shift. Before it was Il-ri and Joon who seemed immature. Now, though, in the wake of the affair, they've clearly learned from their experiences. They both feel guilty- in Joon's case especially because of the big mess he's gotten Il-ri to it. Flashbacks to earlier moments in their relationship show a man coming to grips with empathy. This is the same Joon who looked into Il-ri's eyes while she was having an attack, and felt her terror. And it especially frightens Joon realizing that he's done this to her again.
Hee-tae, by contrast, is unwilling to accept that his actions have consequences. He realizes by the end that the abrupt, basically hostile situation with Il-ri has been deleterious to Hee-soo's health. Hee-tae then proceeds to go on about how the transition can be managed easily, when his sudden actions have thrown the entire family into violent shock. Hae-soo's rebuttal in particular came off rather appropriately.
And yes, it his his actions at this point, not Il-ri's. Frankly, Hee-tae is just looking for someone to blame. His reaction upon discovering the identity of the interloper is particularly unnecessarily harsh. Hee-tae has completely failed to grasp the fact that he's let an immature teenager ruin his marriage. Hee-tae's actions are infuriating- he's letting the moral failures of other people justify his taking harsh measures far more damaging than anything Il-ri did. It's another crowning moment of irony for "Sensible Love"- the man who Il-ri fell in love with because he was an adult is persistently refusing to act like one.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 11"
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