In this cinematic riddle of a film, Areum sits in a small café, typing on her laptop. Around her, customers enact various dramas from their lives. Is she writing what she hears or is she hearing what’s been written?
Based on their real-life affair, Hong Sangsoo’s drama stars Kim Minhee as an actress reeling from an affair with a married film director. Consumed by thoughts of him, Younghee escapes to Hamburg and returns to Korea ready to face the crowd.
An aging poet summons his two estranged sons to an isolated hotel, where they entangle with two strikingly beautiful women. Shot in gauzy black and white, Hong Sang-soo’s poetic film offers a powerful meditation on love, family, and death.