Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:15pm In Another Country (89m)
The figure of the doppelgänger, a frequent motif in Hong’s oeuvre, receives one of its most radical treatments in this breezy vacation comedy. Isabelle Huppert stars as three different women—a French filmmaker, a philanderer, and a divorcée, respectively—who, across three discrete but overlapping stories, each visit a seaside resort town and each encounter a Korean filmmaker (Kwon Hae-hyo), his pregnant wife (Moon So-ri), and an amorous lifeguard (Yoo Joon-sang). At once a structurally complex exercise in narrative repetition and a charming, lively comedy of misunderstanding and desire, In Another Country is one of the funniest and most surprising installments in Hong’s body of work.
9:00pm Our Sunhi (88m) + List (29m)
Our Sunhi offers another dryly comic and acutely observed take on misread behavior, indecision, and awkward interchanges between the sexes from one of cinema’s undisputed masters of moral comedy. Attempting to make a new start, slightly lost former film student Sunhi (Jung Yu-mi) returns to her college to get a reference letter and inadvertently awakens vague romantic longings, first in her old professor, then in a graduate student/ex-boyfriend, and finally in a film director and potential mentor from her class. The three men move into orbit around Sunhi, proffering career and life-choice advice while attempting to define and “understand” her, but in the end they are merely projecting their own feelings and interpretations onto their obscure and unwitting object of desire, to quietly comical effect.
In this breezy and absurdly funny short (shot and acted by the cast and crew of In Another Country immediately after its production wrapped), a woman (Minari Oscar-winner Youn Yuh-jung) and her daughter (Jung Yu-mi) decamp for the coastal town of Mohang, where the younger woman compiles a checklist of personal goals for the trip that she winds up working her way through as if by accident.