Baxter’s a shy sort of fellow, lacking the confidence to ask out Miss Kubelik. Then his friend ends it with Mary and encourages him to ask her out. Because the house party is so destructive it puts a hole through two floors. They’re both leaving Chicago and heading to New York, which means – road trip! He persistently annoys her and conversation ends up heading in the direction of the nature of friendship: Harry doesn’t believe a man and woman can have a platonic relationship, he believes sex will rear its ugly head at some point, Sally disagrees. Baxter works for an insurance company and has a major crush on Fran Kubelik, an elevator operator in his office building. At first he can’t stand Mary, then he spends some more time with her and kind of starts to like her. She’s written Because it nails the adolescent panic over identity and how dramatic relationships feel at that age even when all you’ve done is exchange a glance. Because these are high school characters who are actually likeable.One is that such a low-budget film looks so good visually.
Without the pressure and weighty expectations involved in producing a major work, inspiration flows freely and the result is an even more accomplished piece of art.
To capture a natural setting so well on a medium that often feels cold and sterile is an unusual accomplishment.
The relaxed, convincing performances of the actors also deserve notice.
As an omnibus work, 1.3.6 has to be considered a failure, especially as the three films (Jang's amusing Sonagi Epilogue, Lee's poorly-received Mobius Strip, and Song's poetic Git) don't match, not just in length but in form, content, mood, style, and quality.
But if Song betrayed the spirit of the omnibus project, he remained true to the needs of his film.