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)