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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In this intimate micro-drama from prolific South Korean indie auteur Hong Sang-soo, a former film actress returns to Seoul from the US and finds her past life catching up with her. In her first big-screen appearance for over a decade, Lee Hye-yeong is compellingly watchable in the central role of a woman who is slightly adrift, feeling distanced from her childhood days in a changed city. She is pursued by a sincere, slightly creepy movie-maker, and finds herself at a boozy lunch trying hard not to fall for his endearments. This plays out in a lengthy central set-piece that explores the spiky state of male-female relations in South Korea, and showcases a performance of Streep-standard technical facility from the wavering yet still resistant Lee. Compact in scale, rich in thought-provoking implications, it's an engrossing and accessible sample of Hong's work, a director fêted by cinephiles worldwide but whose work has often been passed over for distribution in the UK.

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DirectorHong Sang-soo

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Theatrical distributor
New Wave
Released on
2022-09-23
Languages
Korean
Formats
Colour
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