Amanda Plummer in Abigail Harm.
Lee Isaac Chung's surreal fable Abigail Harm follows the eponymous character (Amanda Plummer of Pulp Fiction fame), a reader to the blind who is struggling to deal with her father's declining health. Fascinated by the Korean folktale of the woodcutter and the nymph, Abigail is suddenly visited by a mysterious, injured man (veteran character actor Will Patton) in her New York City apartment. For her generosity in aiding him, he rewards her by showing her a location where she can find an otherworldly being (Tetsuo
Kuramochi) to love her. The film has minimal dialogue, so those expecting a traditional narrative should be forewarned. However, viewers who want a more conceptual film-going experience will enjoy the abstract re-telling of the Korean folktale and its exploration of accepting and releasing love.
Abigail Harm screens on March 17 at 7:00 pm and March 18 at 6:15 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and on March 19 at 8:30 pm at New People.
Check out all of Hyphen's CAAMFest 2013 reviews.