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Korean writer-director Hong Sang-Soo is making some of the most surprising and insightful work in the world right now, much of it on a small, subdued, but powerful scale. This film, about an aging poet who calls his two sons to join him at an inn for a life reckoning, only to have his resolve shaken by alcohol and the presence of a pair of lively young women, is nestled in the Lagrange point between Larry David and Ingmar Bergman.
“Hong creates a constellation of objects and moments—architectural, automotive, culinary, medical, whimsical—and gives them a new artistic state of being, a reverberant poetic identity.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Quietly elegiac” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A pleasing shuffle, spiked with bittersweet humor and even a gentle, surprising hint of sentimentality. ” – Guy Lodge, Variety
“One of Hong Sang-soo’s most mature and emotionally rich films, a black and white drama as intellectually rich as it is visually jaw-dropping.”- Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast