DFT @ Home | The Woman Who Ran

(South Korea/2020—directed by Hong Sangsoo)

The 24th feature from Hong Sangsoo (Woman is the Future of Man, Hotel by the River), the richly amusing and satisfyingly mysterious The Woman Who Ran follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three separate visits with friends (two on purpose, one by chance) while her husband is on a business trip – the couple’s first time apart in years.

Youngsoon (Seo Youngwha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard; Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by an intense young poet she met at the bar; Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater that doubles as a cultural center.

As usual, Hong allows the most minimal interactions to carry surprising weight, and uses subtle and sly narrative repetition to evoke a world of circular motion and unexpected universality. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong creates a simple premise from which he gently spins a web of interconnecting coincidences. Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival and an Official Selection at the New York Film Festival, this is a subtle, powerful, compact look at dilemmas small and large faced by women everywhere. In Korean with English subtitles. (77 minutes)

"Working with characteristic wit and sly structural repetitions, Hong brings this deft, unassuming story to a startlingly emotional place."-Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“NYT CRITIC’S PICK! "Elegant, dryly funny and quietly moving."-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A bittersweet rumination on female friendships, beautifully anchored by Hong’s regular muse Kim Min-hee, and featuring a feline cameo for the ages."-Guy Lodge, The Guardian

 

 

 

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