On The Beach At Night Alone

A film by Hong Sang-soo. In kore­an with ger­man subtitles.

After an affair with a mar­ried man, cele­bra­ted actress Younghee deci­des to take some time out. She tra­vels to the far-off, for­eign city of Hamburg. In a con­ver­sa­ti­on with a friend she asks herself if her lover will fol­low her and whe­ther he mis­ses her as much as she mis­ses him. During her long walks through win­try parks and along river­banks she attempts to beco­me clear about her fee­lings and desires.
The ques­ti­on about the mea­ning of love in our lives is a com­mon the­me in all the films of Hong Sangsoo, and yet the ans­wers to this ques­ti­on always appe­ar to just slip from our grasp. Back in Korea, Younghee meets some old friends in the coas­tal town of Gangneung. They eat and drink tog­e­ther and, as is so often the case in Hong Sangsoo’s films, Korea’s natio­nal drink Soju plays an important part. Under the influ­ence of alco­hol Younghee pro­vo­kes, insults and angers the others. Their con­ver­sa­ti­ons get more and more out of hand, giving vent to minor and major rea­li­sa­ti­ons and truths. Afterwards, Younghee with­draws to a deser­ted beach. It seems as if she can only tru­ly find herself in nature.
 


 
Credits:
Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja

Republik Korea 2017, 101 Min., korea­nisch, eng­li­sche OmU
Regie, Buch: Hong Sang-soo
Kamera: Kim Hyungkoo, Park Hongyeol
Schnitt: Hahm Sungwon
Kim Minhee (Younghee)
Seo Younghwa (Jeeyoung)
Jung Jaeyoung (Myungsoo)
Moon Sungkeun (Sangwon)
Kwon Haehyo (Chunwoo)
Song Seonmi (Junhee)
Ahn Jaehong (Seunghee)
Park Yeaju (Dohee)
 

 
on the beach at night alo­ne trailer