Fantasia 2019 Review: ‘Maggie’ (2018) Is Peculiarly Wonderful

Out of all the films I’ve watched for Fantasia 2019, Maggie was the one I was least familiar with. I like happy surprises, though, and took the opportunity to try something new. Maggie was directed by Ok-seop Yi (Girls on Top) and co-written by himself and Gyo-hwan Koo (Jane), who also stars in the film.


Synopsis for Maggie

A risqué X-ray causes a scandal in a hospital in Seoul. A nurse thinks that she and her boyfriend are depicted in the X-ray, and decides to quit her job. The next day, the hospital is deserted. Everyone has called in sick, except for two women: the nurse and the head doctor. This event is the starting shot for a strange, episodic story about confidence and faith, with an emphasis on nurse Yoon-Young’s relationship.

Maggie is an idiosyncratic debut in which, for example, the titular lead proves to be a talking, prescient catfish. Inexplicable sinkholes appear throughout South Korea and the nurse’s lazy boyfriend is put to work filling them.

This is the type of film that I would need to watch more than once to fully understand everything. It’s one that you have to really pay attention to, because there’s a lot going on with so much detail to take in. Plus, it’s subtitled. The performances are amazing, and the imagery is lovely.


Ok-seop Yi is a phenomenal director with a great vision for storytelling. Gyo-hwan Koo gives a riveting performance, capturing the audience’s attention any time she’s on screen. I definitely look forward to seeing more from her in the future.


This is such a peculiar story with dark, beautiful imagery. The imagery itself could tell a story, and that’s something to treasure. It sets the the tone for the entire film and compliments the performances perfectly.

Final Thoughts

I will definitely be watching Maggie again, and I look forward to see what others think as well. Many thanks to Fantasia 2019 for allowing us to cover great films like this one!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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