Thursday, August 04, 2011

THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)

***
South Korea
It's uncanny, but in his twelfth version of the same film - insecure filmmakers, beautiful women who sleep with them anyway, lots of drinking - Hong yet again manages to wring out a new and unexpectedly resonant inflection.

However, even within a 79-minute runtime, he manages to meander unnecessarily - particularly in the closing scenes, after all his points are well and truly made and the various conundrums eloquently resolved.

It's always possible that his thirteenth film might uncover yet another arresting nuance on this same plot. But it definitely feels like his comfort zone will very soon grow constricting.

Unless his next film stars Isabelle Huppert. That would be profoundly exciting.

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