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Directed by Hong Sang-soo

South Korea 2017 92 mins. In Korean

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 memory fills his unhappily married mind. Bongwan’s wife finds a love note and assumes that Areum is her departed rival. “Mistaken identity, repetition compulsion, and déjà vu figure into the narrative as the film entangles its characters across multiple timelines through an intricate geometry of desire, suspicion, and betrayal.” —Film Society of Lincoln Center. In Korean with English subtitles.

Filmography: Yourself and Yours (2016), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), Hill of Freedom (2014), Our Sunhi (2013), Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013), In Another Country (2012), The Day He Arrives (2011), Night and Day (2008), Woman on the Beach (2006), Woman Is the Future of Man (2004)

Reviews: The House Next Door, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, Reverse Shot