Acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo goes abroad to make this film about a Korean man escaping a jail sentence by flying to Paris, where he tries to think of his wife as he falls in love with other girls and Paris itself.
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I couldn't stop watching this, even as it slowly and awkwardly meandered its way in and around Paris, then back to Korea. You have to admire Hong's patience with his characters, no matter how absurdly juvenile they may be. The payoff is painfully funny. At one point, I thought I saw Rohmer's spirit peaking through the clouds.
This may be the funniest film of the last decade. And not only that, but Hong is developing his own trademark camera work, one that is as distinct, albeit much more restrained, as that of Fassbinder. Hong is only one of a handful directors working today who has not yet made a single bad film.
I remember watching this film a couple of months ago.
Although fashionably long, I take great joy of watching characters that have absolutely nothing to do but see were the day takes them -at least in the beginning of the storyline-. I also enjoyed Hong Sang-soo's ocational comeding punch.
I think I have to see this and Woman on the Beach again. This director has a sharp perspective on relationships.