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Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

Why does Seoul student Haewon keep dozing off? Is she depressed by her mother’s departure for Canada? Tired of her relationship with her teacher, the fickle—and married—filmmaker Seongjun? Will the events of the coming weeks rouse her from her listlessness, or will she carry on dreaming? With its focus on fraught male-female relationships, mix of gentle comedy and meditative melancholia, and playful way with narrative repetition and fragmentation, this is clearly a Hong Sang-soo film. In Hong’s view of human foibles, the various men hitting on Haewon are again prone to bathos and self-delusion, while she herself is as insecure and indecisive as an Eric Rohmer protagonist. Like those patience-trying heroines, she’s rightly regarded with bemusement and compassion—wherein lie the film’s wit and charm.

Genres: Rom-Com

Other Films by Hong Sang-soo

On the Beach at Night Alone

“Hong Sang-soo’s movies have always invited autobiographical readings, and this is perhaps his most achingly personal film yet, a steel-nerved, clear-eyed response to the tabloid frenzy that erupted in South Korea over his relationship with actress Kim Min-hee. The film begins in Hamburg, where actress Young-hee (played by Kim herself, who won the Best Actress

The Day After

Once again plumbing affairs of the heart and the foibles of weak, confused men with his sly humor, Hong Sang-Soo’s third film of the year shifts back and forth in time and between its protagonists’ conflicting perspectives. We find Areum on her first day of work for small-book publisher Bongwan, replacing his just-fired mistress whose

Claire’s Camera

One of three films by Hong Sang-soo in this year’s festival, Claire’s Camera was shot during the Cannes Film Festival while actresses Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-hee were there to present other films. Manhee (Min-hee) plays a film sales agent whose life takes a turn when she runs into Claire (Huppert), a teacher who loves

Yourself and Yours

“Hong Sangsoo boldly and wittily explores the painful caprices of modern romance. Painter Youngsoo hears that his girlfriend, Minjung, has recently had (many) drinks with an unknown man. A quarrel seems to end their relationship. The next day, Youngsoo sets out in search of her, at the same time that Minjung—or a woman who looks

Right Now, Wrong Then

Film director Ham arrives in Suwon a day early for a screening and speaking engagement. Roaming about, he meets a much younger artist named Yoon and they spend the day together in conversation, winding up at a café where things turn awkward. Hong then rewinds the story, telling it again with subtle differences and a