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847 Ratings

On the Beach at Night Alone

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2017


Young-hee visits a friend in Hamburg to nurse a broken heart with all the enthusiasm of the romantic drifter abroad. Meanwhile, back in Gangneung and with the soju flowing, Young-hee questions the social attitudes that have punished her relationship with a married film director.

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On the Beach at Night Alone Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Hong’s visual style, offering little camera movement or editing within scenes, is deceptively simple, exposing the characters’ emotional complexity, and the friction between his serious psychological concerns and his playful narrative, with its dream sequences and clever elisions, generates a certain frisson.
October 12, 2017
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The film’s emotional impact is all down to Kim’s subtle range; she is the beating heart of the film.
October 11, 2017
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Hong builds moments of extraordinary romantic power, culminating in a brilliant sequence, constructed from a single ten-minute shot parsed with brisk and assertive zooms and pans, in which Young-hee reflects on her bitter experiences. Kim infuses the scene with a passionate existential resignation reminiscent of Gena Rowlands’s work in the films of John Cassavetes.
September 22, 2017
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