Right Now, Wrong Then

121 minutes 2015

Will Hong Sang-soo ever get laid? In such dramas as Night and Day (2008), Woman on the Beach (2006), and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), the Korean director has carefully rendered the patient seduction of delightful young women by desperately horny young men, mining their elaborate dance for social satire and moral insight. Like Virgin, this 2015 feature turns on a metaphysical gimmick: in the first half a famous filmmaker in Suwon for a university speaking gig (Jeong Jae-young) tries to reel in a pretty amateur painter (Kim Min-hee), but their romance crumples once she learns that he's married; in the second half the same events repeat but the filmmaker takes a more forthright approach to the woman and they establish a more promising relationship. Hong is quietly preoccupied with the value of living authentically; you have to give him credit for continuing to find new angles on a story he's told ad nauseam. In Korean with subtitles.

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