A film by Hong Sangsoo. In Korean with German subtitles.
Famous novelist Junhee’s reunion with two acquaintances would appear to be tinged with a slight sense of acrimony. The first of these colleagues gave up writing to open a bookstore on the outskirts of Seoul and has not given her any feedback about her last book. The second, a filmmaker, never adapted Junhee’s novel as planned. But the more pressing issue is that Junhee has not published anything in a while. Instead, she has begun to question her approach to writing and is having doubts about the sensibility that forged her style and her charismatic, scathing personality. During a stroll in the park with the film director and his wife, she meets a famous female actor who is experiencing a similar hiatus. The two connect so deeply that an idea for a film, which would be her first, soon begins to germinate in the novelist’s mind.
Hong Sangsoo’s twenty-seventh feature is an occasion for a spellbinding encounter between Kim Minhee and Cho Yunhee. His latest work muses on the effect of time on lives devoted to art; it also celebrates the beauty of chance encounters and the importance of being truthful in the dishonest world of film. A paean to actors that is, well, simply a love letter. Even if you are familiar with Hong’s consistent mastery of the form, nothing prepares you for the heartbreaking candour of the film you are about to see.
KR 2021, 92 Min., koreanische OmU
Regie, Kamera, Schnitt & Buch: Hong Sangsoo
mit Lee Hyeyoung, Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Park Miso