R comes back to Korea from several years of study in France, expecting to resume his affair with fellow student J. But she is now a ‘different’ woman, adept at abandoning him in hotel rooms every time he tries to corner her and insistent that he should go back to his working-class wife and kids.
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It's amazing how place can affect people. Even how it can affect your relationships with others. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is a product of time and place.
I've actually learnt a lot about Korea after watching this film. A lot of themes Hong Sang Soo has used many times since, but still a totally different kind of cinema.
Phenomenal cinematography and use of sound.
'love story'? where's da love? the man's a dirty cunning spider with leftist vocabulary - all that's left of 'france' in him. a repressive superego gnaws at eroticism, but this dude is a morbid failure beyond societal influence. i still can't decide if it's all very ridiculous or very annoying. making a doormat of his lover, summoning all tradition's absurdity against her, simply bec she won't let him into her pants.
bineînţeles că iubirea nu e o târfă. alea sunt calculate; ea face ce vrea, indiferentă la calcule şi previziuni. îi spui 'târfă’ de ciudă că nu ţi se supune, nu că ar fi. ca atunci când sunt două cupluri oarecum prietene, mulţumit fiecare cu ce are. din senin te îndrăgosteşti de partenera celuilalt. îţi ţii prelegeri că nu-i frumos. te chinui, 'să-ţi fie ruşine..' deşi ruşine de ce? ai cerut tu fundătura asta morală?