By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly
Up until now, it’s been safe to say that South Korean director Sang-soo Hong has had a knack for crisp photography, deftly-drawn interperonsal struggles, and strong characters. I think it’s also safe to say that he’s been making the same film over and over. The men lust after the women. The women remain distant and don’t change. The men lust and drink more, and they don’t change either.
“In Another Country,” Hong’s latest film released to this country, breaks from his patterns in two crucial areas. First off, he’s using a Western actress — widely acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert. And while his characters stay static, this time, he’s come up with a creative excuse.
The film opens with a daughter and mother, played by Yoo-mi Jung and Yeo-jeong Yoon, as they take a room at a seaside inn (a setting dear to Hong’s heart, seaside and beach living appear in many of his films). A family crisis that involves some sort of betrayal, but is never fully fleshed out, haunts them, and they are scared to go home. Read the full story