The Day After (Hong Sang-soo, 2017)

The Day After is a recent film by Hong Sang-soo that showed at the Northwest Film Forum. Filmed in spare black and white, little of what actually happens in the film couldn't be found in a second-rate soap, but that's intentional. Pieces of the story are assembled into a puzzling and absorbing whole, and while the film does make use of the same kind of scene-scrambling as in a number of other Hong Sang-soo films which play with alternate timelines, in this film there is only one reality — it's just that the characters themselves can't quite keep hold of it. An essay called Hong Sang-soo’s Dream Time by Xueli Wang in the Los Angeles Review Of Books describes it in much more depth than I can (thanks to my friend Jane for the link).



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