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With a title like Love Is a Crazy Thing and a promotional poster featuring a cute woman wearing little more than a carefree smile, its no wonder that South Korean audiences went into theaters to see Seok-geun Oh’s 2005 drama thinking they were in for a light-hearted romantic comedy. What they got, however, is an intense look at the lengths to which people will go to find financial security and, perhaps, a little happiness. Mi-seon Jeon stars as the wife of a cash-strapped husband and mother of two who takes a job as a phone sex operator—and, later, as a bar girl providing a little female companionship to male clients—in order to make ends meet. That’s not exactly rom-com fare, and definitely not what early audiences were looking for: The film tanked upon its initial release after being mismarketed but has since gone on to pick up the praise it deserves on the festival circuit. The film shows at 9 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.75. (301) 495-6700; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.