Sunday, December 8, 2013

In Another Country (2012)


Through the magic of Netflix.com, last night I watched Sang-soo Hong's In Another Country (2012) (다른 나라에서), a charming little movie that has restored my faith in art films. I had enjoyed them for many years, and was even an attendant at the Busan International Film Festival for many years, but somewhere along the line I watched too many disappointing French movies, and started watching nothing but Westerns.

This delightful little movie stars the lovely Isabelle Huppert, a milf if there ever was one at 59 years of age at the time of filming, as "Anne," the protagonist of three separate stories written by a young female aspiring screenplay writer inspired by a Frenchwoman she once caught glimpse of at the Jeonju International Film Festival. Each story involves a twist on marital infidelity and a charmingly goofy Korean lifeguard, many years her junior, whom she chances upon, or rather they chance upon. Put together, the three stories form a whole tale of chance encounter and love.

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) meets Luis Buñuel's That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).

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