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3.7
1,004 Ratings

Nobody's Daughter Haewon

Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2013
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Is she tired of life or love? Why else is Haewon falling asleep in a restaurant? Haewon, a student, feels abandoned. Her mother is about to emigrate to Canada and Haewon has decided to end her affair with one of her professors because he is so unsupportive…

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Nobody's Daughter Haewon Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 | 3rd place: Best Undistributed Film

Since [Hong] has dealt with far more complex units of film language on previous films (just a view of A Tale of Cinema is more than enough to quench the deepest thirst), but now looks like the master has reached a zen like way of authorship, a prolific way of making cinema which is looks as simple as it can be, but it’s already deeply charged with the vast experience of storytelling that the filmmaker is capable of.
January 15, 2014
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[Haewon’s daydreams are] a simple gimmick, but Hong derives much from it: the impact of the naturalistic drama is heightened by these brief forays into the realm of fantasy, which subtly shift the focus from emotional catharsis to the process of attaining it. As always with Hong, the central dynamic is in how people relate. But here there is a twist: Haewon relates with many others but most important is how she relates to herself.
September 27, 2013
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…Hong explores [Haewon’s] flip-flopping chagrin with an inventive, invigorating mix of verisimilitude and surreality. (The line separating dream and real life, a recurrent motif in Hong’s cinema, is even more blurred than usual.) It’s one of the Korean director’s best.
September 27, 2013
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