The wife of a couple suffering from the pain of sterility for a long time became pregnant finally, but a medical checkup found that the fetus is deformed with anencephalia. What would your decision be? The husband, who devoted himself to decorating the room of his expected baby with Legos all night long for several days, made up his mind, gulping down tears, to have his wife have an abortion. But the wife, who was writing diary for her baby, furiously resists the killing of the fetus.
Director Han Ji-Seung depicted in the movie A Day realistically the tearful efforts of a sterile couple to have a baby and the pain they had to suffer after the medical checkup found the fetus is deformed. The maternity for a baby that can live only one day stimulates the tears of viewers.
Heroine Jin-Won, played by Go So-Yeong, is a lonely woman who lost her parents when she was young and was raised by her mother’s sister. So, she cannot stand herself being hurt and scratches people around her, as well.
Her husband, Sok-Yun, played by Lee Seong-Jae, suggested an adoption, saying he is responsible for their sterility, but she argues, “Why should I embrace the misfortune of others?” Furthermore, she attacks bitterly her aunt, who has not yet married when she was bringing her up: “What does a woman who has not delivered a baby know?”
But the nine-month wait for just one day gradually changes Jin Won. She let her baby leave her when she practices a bigger love through the donation of the baby’s organs. The mother’s demure and the movie illustrate the theme that maternity is the source of all kinds of love. In this sense, the casting of Go So-Yeong with the image of a thorny rose as Jin Won is a half success. However, she looked inexperienced yet in expressing the restricted sadness of a mother who should part with her baby for good. In contrast, the performance of Lee Seong-Jae as the husband who looks after such a wife warmly is well established.
Did the director have a premonition that poet Seo Jeong-Ju, better known by his pen name Midang, would die on a snowy day? It is significant that the deceased poet’s poem “In the Falling Snow” appears as a dramatic device to comfort motherhood in this movie again as it was quoted in Plum Blossom, directed by Gwak Ji-Gyun, like a spell to calm down the passion of youth.
I devote every morning to you:Suk-Yoon, the considerate and sensitive husband and Jin-Won, the fragile-like but strong-minded wife are happily married and well established.Once a shy, college couple,Suk-You is now a successful “Lego ”toy designer and Jin-Won is a respected textile designer.Their love,sparked from first sight,grows deeper as time goes by. Wanting desperately through prolonged waiting:Jin-Won,raised by her aunt after the early death of her parents, anxiously craves her own motherhood.Unfortunately, there is no sign of a baby between them.Jin-Won's desperation grows despite Suk-Yoon's efforts to comfort her. Suk-Yoon sadly observes his melancholy wife, conflicted... Love fell upon them, like the first snow. Brief but brilliant:The broken-hearted couple receives miraculous news of pregnancy. Suk-Yoon and Jin-won feel like they own the world. Their joy is that much bigger because of their great longing. They pass their days filled with expectation and love. But one day,this miracle turns into unbearable sorrow...