(Haebyeonui yeoir, Hong Sang-soo, South Korea 2006, 127 min., Korean w/ subtitles)
Filmmaker Joong-rae is struggling to write his next script. He convinces his production designer, Chang-wook, to take a brief working vacation to the coast. Chang-wook, who had plans with his girlfriend, Moon-sook, asks to bring her along. Through the drive to the coast, and eating, drinking, and arguing their way through the off-season coastal town, Joong-rae and Moon-sook develop an attraction to each other that they act on. After returning to Seoul, the two grow apart and Joong-rae returns to the town looking to relive his adventure, which seems to be going well until Moon-sook comes looking for him. A standout scene involves Joong-rae explaining his outlook on life and art that may stand in for director Hong’s repeating themes as well.
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