Kyung-soo romances needy dance instructor Myung-suk (Ye Ji-won), retreats, romances sheltered housewife Sun-young (Chu Sang-mi), and finally retreats. Indeed, the film tackles how we absorb art and experience.
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On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning GateDirected byHong Sang-soo
"Even though it is difficult to be a human being, let us not turn into monsters.” Ever the master of people, Hong Sang-soo uses repetition (of dialogue, places, situations) to highlight the absurdness of relationships and the thin ever changing distinctions between behaving like a human or a monster. Suggesting ours is a monotonous and perpetual existence of mundane events, naturally involving mainly food and sex.
Hong Sangsoo directs this poetic tale of a struggling actor whose romantic travails with two different women begin to reveal unmistakable patterns in his life. Hong is exceedingly adept at illustrating life's reflexivity, but here his craft reaches its greatest heights. His most emotionally astute and haunting work.
El filme partido en dos historias. La primera sobre el triángulo amoroso, el hombre profesionalmente frustrado que se resiste al amor, la mujer como medio de conflicto entre dos hombres. La segunda sobre el mismo frustrado esta vez acudiendo al amor, uno que se le niega, es la relación extramarital, él persevera, ella acepta pero finalmente rechaza. El cierre es depresivo. Es el destino pasando la factura.