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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Romance

Duration: 145 Minutes

Rating: 18A

The Handmaiden

Part of our LGBT International Film Talk Series!

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation. Sookee is hired as a handmaiden to Lady Hideko, a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket, recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count, to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The ruse seems to proceed according to plan, until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

Presented in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles.

Laura McVey

Laura McVey is a librarian, writer, and lifelong cinephile. She was born and raised in Hamilton, and earned a Liberal Arts degree at the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Laura is passionate about making connections through the medium of film, and hopes that the LGBT International series will help expose filmgoers to queer stories from all over the world.