A successful painter facing pot possession charges flees his sleepy Korean home for the streets of Paris in Hong Sang-Soo’s ambling portrait of mid-life male discombobulation. A run-in with an old flame, now unhappily married, a series of tearful phone calls to the wife back home, a cautious affair with a young art student, a visit to a church, brief stirrings of lust and affection and homesickness and regret—Hong captures it all with effortless grace and calm matter-of-factness, until a late-film swerve into fantasy caps the whole thing off with a mischievous question mark.

Hong Sang-Soo’s new film Nobody's Daughter Haewon is screening in the Main Slate of the New York Film Festival.

  • Directed By Hong Sang-soo
  • 2008
  • South Korea
  • 35mm
  • 144 minutes