Huppert embraces three women and at the same time only one: the foreigner. Sang-Soo plays with love and habit, lust and things that cannot linger, and does it like a master. The first act, with the jealous wife, is my favorite - although the three stories are all connected somehow. This is a great use of location plus acting and Isabelle is lovely as usual.
Back with the random zooms. I have to agree with El Biffo. A waste of her talents. If you saw 'The Day He Arrives' you pretty much get the same here, only a lot weaker. A bit too much like minor Rohmer. He got a bit too comfortable.
Odd to call it a "romantic comedy", as it contains the subtlest of romance and the subtlest of comedy, but that's the closest I can nail down a genre for this loose, playful, delightful film. Characters bond without sharing a native tongue, while the film's structure celebrates the many possibilities of life and art, and Isabelle Huppert proves she can play a character (or three) who isn't a kinky mess.
The makers of CLOUD ATLAS would be wise to study Hong Sangsoo's mastery of elliptical narratives, here employed in a more light hearted fashion in this story of three French women (all played by Isabelle Huppert) who visit a Korean hotel and have similar experiences during their stay. More comedic in tone than most of Hong's films, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY is a lovely evocation of shared experiences in a foreign land.
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY é mais um filme de Hong Sang-soo. Na verdade, é o mesmo filme de Hong Sang-soo, a enésima variação dos mesmos temas, estruturas e efeitos que novamente fala de relações conjugais e amor. Da mesma forma que se fez em HA HA HA, OKI’S MOVIE e THE DAY HE ARRIVES. Nada novo. Nada original, além de Isabelle Huppert e o mar. É fatigante.
Another installment in Hong's considerable catalog of gently warped meditations (or maunderings) on multiplicity, perspective, repetition, the persistence of identity, and the pleasures of copious drinking. In Another Country, sweet but dim, bears a particular resemblance to Nobody's Daughter Haewon, with which it shares an almost identical framing device and the presence of a French actress, albeit a different one.
Was the point of this film to show how conversations can be awkward ? Not just with strangers but also the man she loves.
Maybe because her dialogue was in English, but the great Huppert gave a tiresome performance.
An extra point for the lovely location.