Festival favourite Hong Sang-soo returns with a playful, supremely droll, multi-part comedy that finds the self-reflexive auteur in inspired form.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2011
Shifting between past and present, reality and fiction, Hong divides his film into several short films that chronicle the fumbling amorous and professional entanglements of young director Jingu, his film school professor Song, and fellow student Oki. Jingu pathetically pursues Oki, who herself is secretly having an affair with Song. Oki caps this inglorious love triangle with her own movie, laying bare the ‘guilt and exhilaration’ of her affairs with both Jingu and Song. — MM
“As you’d expect from Hong Sang-soo, much soju is drunk, neurotic insecurity proliferates, and the chasm between men’s and women’s experiences opens pretty wide. Of course, it’s all done with sardonic wit, laugh-out-loud humour, wry embarrassment... and an ironic touch of Elgar.” — Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival