IN OUR DAY – Review by Diane Carson

In Our Day captures real, unadorned, but noteworthy lives. The prolific South Korean writer/director Hong Sang-soo never fails to surprise and educate with his unique technical and thematic choices, a pattern that holds true in his recent film, In Our Day. As usual, he begins by dropping into the middle of conversations, here eavesdropping on popular actress Sangwon, in her forties, living with friend Jungsoo.

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WALK UP (Melbourne IFF 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Split into four distinct sections, the same story is told numerous times across the movie’s runtime, altered slightly each time and with shared intersections that seem to acknowledge each different variation in ways both big and small. In true Hong Sang-soo style, much of the film’s improvised action takes place across a dinner table as characters eat, drink and share their stories, creating a sense of intimacy and immediacy that has very much become a major part of Hong’s trademark. Walk Up is a formally cheeky, confident film from one of contemporary cinema’s true masters.

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THE WOMAN WHO RAN – Review by Diane Carson

In his relaxed style, South Korean writer/director Hong Sang-soo observes individuals, casually but meaningfully, as they reveal themselves in informal, quiet moments. He again demonstrates insightful perception in his 2020 film, The Woman Who Ran. The setup is elegant and simple. Gam-hee takes advantage of her husband’s business trip to visit three friends in a small town outside Seoul.

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