Kelin (2009)

Plot Overview

A woman is married to a suitor who has paid the highest price for her. She initially resists, but soon begins to enjoy the pleasures of marriage. This doesn’t last long as the man she loved, but who couldn’t afford her, comes to find her.


Kelin is beautifully shot with great sets and costumes. Snowy mountains always look beautiful, but instead of feeling like an isolated, static area, it feels lively and warm.

Told with no dialogue and little music, the film relies heavily on the use of the sounds of nature and human expression. This is quite effective for the most part, though later on in the film it starts to get frustrating as it no longer feels like a natural aspect of the film. The acting is good enough to not require dialogue for a large part of it. The sexual energy from Kelin for example, comes from her eyes and she really does not need to speak.

The film is interestingly open regarding sex, especially considering where it’s from. Kelin is very sexual and the film does not shy away from this, nor does it pass any judgments – which is quite rare for any film dealing with female sexuality.

I’m not entirely sure what the film was trying to say though. I think it could’ve done with a little more build-up and a little less ‘action’, as the build-up scenes worked very well with the lack of dialogue, but then it got more confusing and the point of the film seemed to get lost.


It’s a very nice looking film and goes surprisingly fast considering not much happens and it’s very slow paced. Unfortunately, there was nothing particularly gripping about it and it felt unfocused and it was difficult to understand what we are supposed to get out of it.

Rating: 6/10

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