Original title: Honja saneun saramdeul
- 1h 31m
A solitary woman re-evaluates her isolated existence after her neighbor dies alone in his apartment.A solitary woman re-evaluates her isolated existence after her neighbor dies alone in his apartment.A solitary woman re-evaluates her isolated existence after her neighbor dies alone in his apartment.
an enchanting tale of being alone
Aloners swiftly enchants its viewers with quiet and simple images that slowly build up the solitude of our protagonist. Ji-na isn't per se lonely, she might not even be unhappy, she simply chose to be alone, wafting through the weeks with single lunches and the ever-accompanying noise of technology. When a few encounters threaten to unravel her solitude she is forced to face her past, present and future. Hong Sung-eun's debut is so tender and warm and struck a deep cord within me. The way she uses the camera to portray Ji-Na's life, always focused, always following the same movements, never shattering to slowly making the young woman re-experience her surroundings is incredibly powerful. I especially appreciated Gong Seung-yeon's delicate performance as well as the script's refusal to make its aloners a bad thing - there can be comfort in being alone, and there might be a different comfort in finally connecting with people and life again. Absolutely incredible!
- Oct 10, 2021
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