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Shot on the fly during the Cannes Film Festival, Hong Sang-soo’s sunny charmer starring Isabelle Huppert explores the power of images to transport us.
“Hong Sang-soo condenses a grand melodrama of work, love, and art into a brisk sixty-nine-minute roundelay of chance meetings and intimate confrontations.” —The New Yorker
The increasingly prolific Hong Sang-soo’s 20th feature—one of his three films to premiere in 2017—was shot on the fly during the Cannes Film Festival. Set far from the festival’s red-carpet pomp, this sunny charmer is a cautionary tale about mixing business with pleasure, in its way no less philosophical than other recent Hong works.
A sales agent (Kim Min-hee) is fired mid-festival for her “dishonesty”—which turns out to be code for sleeping with a director who’s also involved with her boss. The revelations emerge with the help of a French tourist named Claire (Isabelle Huppert), a detective of sorts who helps others see their situations more clearly. Kim and Huppert make for a delightful pair amid the kind of cross-cultural comedy that also defined Hong’s In Another Country, which likewise featured Huppert.
D: Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, subtitled, 2017, Runtime: 1h34m
See all three in the mini-series!
South Korean director Hong Sang-soo is known for his brisk and prolific filmmaking, but he outdid himself in 2017 with three movies featuring actress Kim Min-Hee. This unofficial trilogy of intimate, dialogue-driven, and comic dramas (On the Beach at Night Alone, Claire’s Camera and The Day After ) screens on three consecutive Sundays at the Hop—sample one or the whole series!
“Feeling more spontaneous and improvised than ever, this tale of chance encounters at a big film festival is easy on the eye and strewn with humorous gems, as it wryly reflects on the festival business and its denizens.” —Hollywood Reporter
“For Huppert, most celebrated for her uncompromising severity in films like Elle and The Piano Teacher, the movie is an opportunity to cut gloriously loose; no less than Claire herself, she seems to be enjoying her holiday.” —LA Times