PROD Kim Kyounghee
SCR Hong Sangsoo
CAM Park Hongyeol
ED Hahm Sungwon
MUS Jeong Yongjin
PROD CO Jeonwonsa Film Co.
Hong Sangsoo’s new comedy of manners (his second film this year!) shows three men orbiting around an elusive young woman who seems quite capable of getting ahead without much help from any of them.
Sunhi is an almost-dropout in her mid-20s who decides to try for graduate school in the US. She asks Professor Choi for a reference letter but doesn’t like what it says about her personality; she appeals to him for a rethink/rewrite. Meanwhile she runs into two other guys who dote on her: her needy ex-boyfriend Munsu and her introverted college senior Jaehak, who has left his wife to live alone.
Much advice flows between them all, most forcefully when drink is taken. But Hong is amused to observe how circular it all is: how platitudes get recycled from one conversation to another, and how most of it, anyway, falls on deaf ears. Droll, and cutting.
— Tony Rayns
Preceded By: Hard to Say
DIR Lee Kwangkuk / South Korea, 2013, 25 min.
Lee Kwangkuk, director of last year’s Romance Joe (and former assistant to Hong Sangsoo), revisits the world of the imagination in a seductive circular tale. A hard-to-get boy cold-shoulders a girl who finds things hard to say, but his subsequent experiences and encounters that afternoon make him think again. (TR)