The Korean movie "Madonna" received a rave response in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Following its screening at the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday, the film was given a standing ovation by an audience including actress Isabella Rossellini, who chairs the section jury, and Japanese director Naomi Kawase, whose film opened it.
Director Shin Su-won and her lead actors were there to greet the audience.
It is customary for movies that premiere at Cannes to receive a standing ovation, but this year's festival was filled with disappointments from some big names including Paolo Sorrentino, making the unanimous applause for the low-budget Korean film so noteworthy.
"Madonna" examines how small unkindnesses end up destroying the life of a woman. It is a starkly realistic portrayal of the dark side of Korean society, from the breakdown of the school system and top-down working environment to sexual harassment and materialism.
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