This might be a little out there, but since we have been watching such weird movies, I would like to share my favorite Korean film. Antique Bakery describes a wealthy man who wants to start a bakery. The “Cake Paradise” scene is near the beginning where he makes up his mind to learn about cakes. There is a fast forwarding of time to show his improvement and hard work, even though he despises cake to the point where he has to throw it up when he tastes it. The story revolves around four male characters, in which the movie connects their past to their present.
The scene is very fast paced with so much flash framing and comic book framing. It goes with the very out there theme that this movie has. Each shot is very fast, but somehow it shows how tired he is by the speediness of the events that happen to him. The first time he cooks, he fails. He tries with a lot of tasting, which makes him puke. Then he reads a lot on cakes, which makes him tired. But suddenly, he gets better. He is able to name the cakes. The flash frames and edits show the elapsed time of him learning the cakes by name.
Another thing in this scene is a lot of camera movement involving different levels. We have to focus on each part of him as he is making cake or eating it or doing what ever he is doing in this crazy scene. We see a lot of waist shots, with him cutting cake. The camera goes from one level to another and almost never stops moving. It makes the whole scene look like a dream and somehow very “trippy”.
I enjoyed this movie because it was so weird. It is definitely a film with very artistic elements. I recommend it for those with open minds. 🙂