Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema) (2005)
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South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo generally tells the same story twice, and his work often involves people working in the film industry. His sixth feature, Tale of Cinema, follows this pattern, but Hong adds a new wrinkle. In the first half, we're introduced to Sang-won (Lee Gi-woo of The Classic), who seems to be a ne'er-do-well, and happens to run into Yong-sil (Eom Ji-weon), whom he had a crush on back when they were in school. While she finishes out her workday, he goes to see a play. The
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There are filmmakers lurking here, and their involvement in the unfolding action highlights Hong's multilayered, self-deprecating self-portrait-and his ambivalent view of a milieu that is inescapably his own.
Hong, who reportedly always carries a notebook with him, is an excellent observer of the minutiae of daily life.
Emotionally honest in its late-bloomer humility... a love-story diptych whose two halves reflect and refract upon one another through the all-seeing eye of film itself.
Captures the elusive, entrancing sway that the finest movies hold over our lives.
There is an endearing fluidity to this Korean film about the interplay between movies and life.
Hong Sang-soo, a one-note but compelling Korean auteur, returns to his familiar obsessions with his best results to date here.
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