Change always leads us to unexpected situations. However, people cannot accept only the specific change they want. Sometimes they get the change they had never wanted, and it makes life confusing. So, not to fall apart because of it, some people turn a blind eye to the reality that they want to turn away from and try to return to the past. However, there are also people who go with the flow and adapt to the change. In the world, no one knows how these changes will affect them without first-hand experience.
"I had no idea what was out there, and I didn't need to know."
In the world where Cheoli lives, there are humanoid robots that have the same appearance and behavior as humans. Cheoli is the son of Dr. Choi Jinsoo, a researcher at the Human Matter Lab, and lives peacefully on campus with his father. Since his father doesn't let Cheoli go to public school, he is homeschooled and spends his time with his three cats. Then one day when there is a sudden downpour, Cheoli's life changes completely when he goes outside to give an umbrella to his father. Two strange men in black uniforms take Cheoli to a concentration camp, saying that he is an unregistered humanoid robot, not a human. The outside world is completely different from the world in the books that Cheoli used to read and imagine. Moreover, in the concentration camp, Cheoli's life is threatened by robots and he must survive on his own. So, to return to his comfortable home, Cheoli plans to escape from the camp. Will Cheoli, who had never for a moment imagined he was not human, be able to return to his comfortable life and meet his father?
This book is written by Kim Youngha after he received a request to write a short novel from a subscription e-book service platform in 2019. At first, a total of 420 pages were provided to subscribers. However, although it had been scheduled to be officially published soon, the author continued to correct the writing for two years due to COVID-19. As a result, the quantity increased by 800 pages, and even the content changed completely. The book unfolds from the perspective of the main character, Cheoli. He meets the outside world and a chaos filled with raw emotions for the first time in his life in the concentration camp. Therefore, Cheoli misses the comfortable life created by his father and wants to escape as soon as possible to return to his past life. However, he also feels a sense of belonging and friendship for the first time while facing mental and physical crises. At the beginning of the book, the author quotes Marcus Aurelius: "You will forget everything soon, and everyone will forget you soon."
"Don't regret. Remember"
<Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)>
In 1770s France, some students asked Marianne, a painter, the title of her painting. She replies, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." A few years previously, Marianne had been asked to paint a portrait of a countess's daughter for her wedding, so she headed to the island of Brittany. Although Marianne had crossed the rough seas and had a limited time to complete the painting, she was unable to meet Heloise, the daughter of the countess. Heloise had refused to pose for previous painters before. So, for six days Marianne hides that she's a painter and observes Heloise's form for her painting. Finally, the painting is completed on time, and Marianne reveals that she is a painter. Heloise, however, criticizes Marianne's painting, saying the painting lacks vitality and presence. Feeling humiliated, Marianne burns the painting and starts all over again. And in the end, Heloise, the daughter of a countess and about to get married, and Marianne, a painter hired by the countess, fall in love on the island over a period of 11 days and are faced with a difficult choice.
The film <Portrait of a Lady on Fire> is a French lesbian romance film. It was one of the leading candidates for the Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, eventually winning the Best Screenplay Award. What makes this movie more special is that there is no soundtrack. Only the humming chorus of women and Vivaldi's Four Seasons are heard in the movie. This makes the audience hold their breath and focus more on each scene. In the movie, men are only seen at the beginning and end and have no real presence. Only women lead the film and tell their stories in the 1770s male-oriented society. Also, the movie shows that witch hunts existed even in the 1770s. Therefore, love between the same sex, women, hits a wall of reality. In the movie, their concerns are based on the myth of Orpheus. Talking about this myth, they discuss whether they will endure the pain of the present for the future or follow what the heart of this moment tells them to do even if a difficult future is expected. Rather than avoidance because they are afraid of the unknown future, they face their situation with strength and pride.