Hong Sangsoo’s new films are dropping focus

A still from ‘In Our Day’
Courtesy of Cinema Guild

Just lately, we’ve been gifted two new works by Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo annually. He loves a small film, often comfortably below the 90-minute mark, and a scope which may embody a novella or perhaps a quick story. I personally discover them form of hit and miss. To not say Hong is inconsistent. In truth, it’s outstanding how he can maintain making the identical form of film again and again. Even inside the self-imposed constraints of Hong’s method, there may be wild variance in what he places out. In that sense, his new films are becoming — although unessential — additions to his prolific filmography.

One in every of this yr’s, In Our Day, is pretty normal Hong: low stakes, talky, and forged with acquainted actors (if you happen to assume Wes Anderson likes recurring gamers,…

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