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The Woman Who Ran (2020)

Domangchin yeoja (original title)
While her husband is on a business trip, Gamhee meets three of her friends on the outskirts of Seoul. They make friendly conversation but there are different currents flowing independently of each other, both above and below the surface.

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Sang-soo Hong

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Sang-soo Hong
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Credited cast:
Min-hee Kim ... Gam-hee
Seon-mi Song ... Su-young
Eun-mi Lee Eun-mi Lee ... Young-ji
Hae-hyo Kwon Hae-hyo Kwon ... Mr. Jung
Young-hwa Seo ... Young-soon
Sae-Byuk Kim Sae-Byuk Kim ... Woo-jin
Sung-guk Ha Sung-guk Ha ... Young Poet
Suk-ho Shin Suk-ho Shin ... Cat Man
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While her husband is on a business trip, Gamhee meets three of her friends on the outskirts of Seoul. They make friendly conversation but there are different currents flowing independently of each other, both above and below the surface.

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Great Director Dismantles Own Ego
25 October 2020 | by sps-70659See all my reviews

HSS loves to come at it sideways. This movie opens in the morning to a batch of chooks, whose owner is going for a job interview, and neighbour Young-soon wishes her well. Is the interview successful? An evening CCTV shot is a clue.

But visiting Young-soon is Gam-hee, who tells us repeatedly she's "never apart" from her new husband, a translator. Except, it's his idea, not hers.

The two pals hold an absurdist lunch conversation about the nature of eating meat, while another Young-soon neighbour begs her to stop feeding the local cats. This meta-conversation bats back and forth. The cat steals the scene.

Gam-hee's next visitee Su-young is also interrupted by an annoying bloke, a self-important poet who can't get over a one-night stand. But once again the two pals converse a little too brightly about nothing in particular - clothes, art, the mountain, the neighbourhood, the mystery person who discounted the price on Su-young's apartment. We never quite find out why.

Gam-hee runs into a third pal, and apologises for some long-previous slight. We never find out what. This third pal just happens to be married to Gam-hee's ex, a famous, and famously windy, writer.

Can the writer be sincere, if he just keeps saying the same thing over and over? An obvious reference to HSS himself, with two dozen movies in two dozen years. Then Gam-hee herself works a brittle encounter with the ex himself.

Cerebral manoeuvres about art and artists, but this is a movie, which has to signify through visuals, not just dialogue. Inside 80 minutes, HSS largely pulls it off. He is one of a kind, and I wish his movies were easier to access.

If you find "Parasite" over the top, try HSS instead, for a different aspect of Korea's wonderful cinema.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

17 September 2020 (South Korea) See more »

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$143,591
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