Live your own life, Our body (2018)

Ja-young (the main character) has been preparing for the national public official exam for eight years now, but she has lost too much and she’s sick and tired of everything. 

Suddenly appears ‘Hyun-joo’ who has a “healthy” aura.  ‘Ja-young’ changes her lifestyle from static to dynamic, pushing herself out of her comfort zone little by little through running with Hyun-joo. First of all, <Our body> might seem to be sending a message of support and consolation to the helpless youth through running, an activity that delivers pure pleasure only through exercise.

However, <Our Body> wasn’t such a cliche-plot movie, It is not trying to praise running as a way for young people to improve. The movie does not describe Ja-young’s situation as seen from a fixed point of view, it describes it from constantly changing perspectives without any common reference. Ja-young is not interested in settling-down and she’s lost interest in reaching any specific goal. Though she joins a company through a friend, her interest lies in realizing her own desires, not in dreaming about the future. And at the heart of it all, was Hyun-joo. Without Hyun-joo, Ja-young would not have felt confident about her body.

But Hyun-joo’s relationship was short-lived as Hyun-joo dies suddenly in a car accident. Ja-young has now lost her source of aspiration.

Without Hyun-joo, Ja-young would not have felt confident about her body. Ja-young opens her eyes to other people’s perspectives and learns to lead her own way of life. Though Ja-young previously had a single-minded temperament, she would have been worn-down by her inferiority complex if she had not met Hyun-joo. But Hyun-joo’s relationship was short-lived as Hyun-joo dies suddenly in a car accident. Ja-young has now lost her source of aspiration.

Ja-young now understands the gloomy reality of Hyun-joo’s life. But she still projects Hyun-joo’s desires to her own as she runs along the path that Hyun-joo had run. She no longer cares about what other people think.  She ends up understanding the sexual fantasies Hyun-joo mentioned and appears to try to fill her absence by realizing Hyun-joo’s fantasies with other men, but the pleasure she felt was only superficial. Ja-young leaves her job and tries to realize the pure fantasy she once dreamed of but had pushed to the dark corners of her mind.

While it’s easy to live like Hyun-joo, it’s not easy to live like Ja-young. In the end, Hyun-joo tried to hide the reality of her life,  while Ja-young faced the world as a pure subject of enjoyment, exposing the even more relentless miserable reality we live in. The more you are suppressed by something, the more you try to wriggle out of it. However, most of us live our life like Hyun-joo, while we yearn to be free, we tend to keep that reality hidden and go on with our routine.

“It’s wonderful to be able to act without fear of experiencing something in person, rather than live a life where you don’t make mistakes and don’t step into messy relationships, and I thought that that’s the kind of person Ja-young is. In my opinion, that’s why she’s the main character, not Hyunjoo”