Jin-soul and Nan-ryeong meet by chance on the road of misfortune. Both later write their stories as novels, leading to completely different outcomes.
Jin-soul, who is just beginning to gain a reputation as a writer with her novel, Human in a Natural State, meets a woman, named Nan-ryeong, at a reading session held at a local bookstore in Gangneung. Nan-ryeong has also written a novel, titled The Women Who Brush Their Teeth Outside, influenced by Jin-soul. Jin-soul, who feels a strange sense of connection to Nan-ryeong, reads her novel on the train returning to Seoul. A story of two people who somehow overlap. But, while Jin-soul has been cleverly hiding behind a pseudonym, Ju-ok, Nan-ryeong is open about who she really is. Eventually, the insidious relationship between the two is exposed, and cracks begin to form in Jin-soul′s seemingly happy life.
We all create our own lives and suffer.
In the process, we face not only our own personal pain but also the pain of others, and as time passes, we find that our identity as individuals fades and that all our lives overlap with those surrounding us. The film focuses on the personal pain of the two female authors, Jin-soul and Nan-ryeong. In a world in which everything is judged, so ultimately will be the two of them. But that is not the point, because our attitudes in dealing with misfortune are all different, and I can never understand what it means to be you. It is not easy to take a long, hard look at things. However, if we fulfill our role as observers, the characters in the movie will move forward on their own, and perhaps even make us look back at ourselves. That is enough.
The parallel narratives of each character give the story added depth.
We want to create a surprising film in an original format, telling what could have been a familiar story in a new way.
Born on June 29, 1985, Shin Sun graduated in film and directing from Konkuk University. He wrote, directed, and produced No Surprise (2021), which screened in the Korean Cinema Today section at Busan International Film Festival 2021 and won the New Choice Award at Seoul Independent Film Festival 2021.
Kim Soonmo has produced films such as The World of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2016), Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2017), More Than Family (Choi Hana, 2020), and Snowball (Lee Woo-jung, 2020). He participated as producer on Pieta (Kim Ki-duk, 2012) and Birthday (Lee Jong-un, 2019), and has nurtured many talented new directors.
Production company ATO Co. Ltd. boasts a filmography including The World of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2016), nominated for Generation Kplus Best Feature at Berlin International Film Festival 2016; as well as Yongsoon (Shin Joon, 2016), Home (Kim Jong-woo, 2017), Last Child (Shin Dong-seok, 2017), The House of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2019), and More Than Family (Choi Hana, 2020).