In a gripping and beautifully constructed narrative, victims and culprits of a car accident are linked by complex feelings of guilt. Roh (The Last Dining Table) makes an impression with his most narrative film so far. Substantial with bitter-sweet, chastening denouement.
Visually less radical than The Last Dining Table but narratively just as challenging, South Korean filmmaker Roh Gyeong-Tae brings together four characters in the tragic Black Dove whose lives are changed by a severe car accident.
While present and past mingle imperceptibly and later the lives of the characters become more and more entangled, it becomes clear how differently these people react to what happens to them. The artist Lee Jon-Hoo wrestles with work for an exhibition while gallery owner and mistress Min-Hee wonders why their relationship suddenly cools so much. More severely damaged is the marriage between Professor Lee Jun-Gu and his subservient wife Sun-Mi. It soon becomes apparent that they were directly involved in the accident in which Lee Jon-Hoo's wife and daughter died. But the filmmaker is not interested in a whodunit. Black Dove doesn’t want to know what the Ministry of Justice does with guilt and punishment, but focuses on the question of how those involved come to terms with themselves.