Yourself and Yours
A review of Hong Sang-soo’s eighteenth feature film for 4:3.
In another film, this sequence of events would play out with the audience kept at bay; Hong could have framed Min-jung’s diverging identities as a function of his filmic world, casting her as merely a narrative tool that allows us to better observe the reactions of her male suitors. By re-asserting Min-jung’s agency throughout, Hong toys with those who accuse him of complacency. Here behavioural response and re-evaluation is felt, rather than studied.