In the film, there are three women named Anne who each consecutively visit a seaside town. They each stay at the same small hotel by the shore and venture onto the beach where each of the Annes meet a group of the same people including a certain lifeguard who restlessly wanders up and down the beach. Huppert plays all three of these different Annes and aside from her, the rest of the cast is all Korean, although the film was mostly shot in the English language. —ScreenDaily
A regular on the international festival circuit, Hong Sang-soo is one of Korea’s most highly regarded contemporary directors. His mostly improvised, innovatively constructed films conceal rich layers of meaning beneath deceptively simple surfaces, and reveal a filmmaker with a unique, individual style. A rather notorious figure on the Seoul film scene, Hong has a fondness for alcohol that is almost as legendary as his talent for filmmaking. He’s been known to get familiar with his actors before shooting by taking them on drinking binges, and, for verisimilitude, the many drinking scenes in his films normally include actually drunk performers (who sometimes don’t remember these scenes after they’ve been shot).
Born in 1960, Hong began his film studies at Joongang University in Korea, then moved to the United States, where he received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His debut feature, The Day a… read more
Junto a "The Woman on the Beach", mi favorita del Rohmer coreano. Sus películas siempre parecen hechas sin esfuerzo. En el caso de IAC, esto es un elogio. En el caso de "Oki" o "Nobody's daughter", en el sentido literal (y negativo). Acaso lo más interesante acá son los senderos de posibilidades que se bifurcan y se reencuentran y hasta algún sueño. Y las carcajadas que despierta el bañero cantor.
Simultaneously very funny and uncomfortably tense. I've had many stilted conversations similar to those in this film. Feels very honest in many ways, and like complete fantasy in others. I don't think I completely "got" it, but I'm intrigued and will certainly check out the rest of Hong Sang-Soo's films.
The various international posters for Hong Sang-soo’s film, and an update on the career of everybody’s favorite singing lifeguard.
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Isabelle Huppert collaborates with Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo in his latest film.
On the opening day of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: a poster round-up of the films in competition.
On the repetition-obsessed filmmaker’s wonky sense of space.
“This is a song for you.”