While definitely the work of a master, this one was difficult for me to grasp. Its shocking lack of depth and unwillingness to succumb to logic and temporality succeed impossibly in bringing to light an intense feeling of unease. Anne's oneiric drifting takes her from one irreconcilable conflict to another, leaving each situation entirely unresolved. Another lovely yet challenging film from Hong.
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.
Not my favorite, a little generic. I enjoyed the idea of alternative realities that it attempted to toy with, but it got messy towards the end. The lead character attempted to reach a level of enlightenment by questioning a monk, however I just don't think Sang-soo Hong quite knew how to dig deep enough. The questions were superficial.