In Another Country

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Da-reun na-ra-e-suh

“Hong’s film rejoices in the capricious nature of romance and the samsaric ebb and flow of life… A visually eccentric and puppyishly funny film: the very best kind of odd.” — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Director: Hong Sang-soo
Year: 2012
Country: Korea
Running time: 89 mins
Censor Rating: M - adult themes

Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo
Producer: Kim Kyoung-hee
Photography: Park Hong-yeol, Jee Yune-jeong
Editor: Hahm Sung-won
Music: Jeong Yong-jin
In Korean with English subtitles

With: Isabelle Huppert (Anne), Yu Jun-sang (lifeguard), Kwon Hye-hyo (Jong-soo), Moon So-ri (Kum-hee), Moon Sung-keun (Mun-soo), Youn Yuh-jung (Park Sook), Jung Yu-mi (Won-ju)

Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2012

French woman (arthouse superstar Isabelle Huppert) meets Korean man (cult director Hong Sang-soo) in three amusing tales of potentially romantic encounters, each starring Huppert as a different French visitor (always named Anne) in a small coastal resort. Huppert puts a fresh spring into Hong’s ongoing satire of the amorous artist. His habitual finesse at juggling wry ‘what-if’ scenarios into a laconic world view is as irresistible as ever. Direct from Cannes.

“In each [story], Isabelle Huppert… is pursued inappropriately, leading to several warnings about ‘that kind of Korean man’, the kind whose foibles – including daytime drinking, bad sexual decision making, chronic obsession, and inability to learn from his mistakes – Hong specializes in plumbing for both comedy and pathos… Huppert is an outsider to Hong’s world but a gifted actress who proves to be particularly adept at the goofy stuff.” — Karina Longworth, LA Weekly

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