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Berlin Review: The Woman Who Ran Finds Hong Sang-soo at His Most Self-Referential

Berlin Review: The Woman Who Ran Finds Hong Sang-soo at His Most Self-Referential

The Woman Who Ran opens on a lovely shot of hens. The camera then pulls back to show the garden of a middle-class apartment block where a woman named Youngsoon (Seo Younghwa) tells another, Youngji (Lee Eunmi), about her hangover. The lighting is natural; the performances and sentiment are, too. Hong Sang-soo’s cinema is one of repetition and anyone familiar will not take long to discern The Woman Who Ran as his own. He rinses; he washes; he repeats.

Some things, however, do change. Since the premiere of Right Now, Wrong Then in 2015, Hong has gradually moved from the melancholic male protagonists that defined his early work, and Woman feels like another natural exercise in that process. His artistic partnering with Kim Min-hee has been key to this–a no-nonsense and wonderfully nuanced actress who took her first Hong role in Right Now, then appeared in all but one

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