In Another Country Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 7, 2013
An intriguing little cross-cultural curio that plays like a woozy, jazz-improv riff on romantic futility and destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
January 31, 2013
By the time its third story kicked in, "In Another Country" lost me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2013
If you take the film as the bauble it is, you'll be entertained by its lighthearted wit, social observations and resolute sidestepping of profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2013
A beguiling set of variations on a theme, a gossamer-light étude composed for delight rather than dissection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 9, 2012
Isabelle Huppert has an inviting, steady glow in Hong Sang-soo's loosey-goosey, humorously light celebration of the French star, cinema's possibilities, and his colorful, endlessly combative homeland.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 9, 2012
Isabelle Huppert has reached that magical point where she gives a thrill of delight simply by showing up, her decades of great performances seeming to hover around her like a halo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 8, 2012
A movie may be a representation of the world, but it is also something that happens in the world, which means that sustaining a cinematic illusion and breaking it are equally beside the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 8, 2012
In Another Country sets its characters adrift inside its own narrative sphere, letting them live several lives in the course of an hour and a half, and letting us share in their freedom.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 6, 2012
It's a fairly banal comment on foreign estrangement (or love) that could have used some roughing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
November 5, 2012
Hong Sang-soo hits the beach once again in his latest project, another austerely amusing study of hopeless neurotics making a mockery of leisure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
An arty, though not particularly artful, experiment
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 17, 2012
Hong Sang-soo's intricate new comedy of broken romance reaches exquisite heights of self-mocking pathos, painterly finesse, and symbolic density.
Jon Frosch
France24
May 30, 2012
Hong has fun zooming, panning, and toying with structure and narrative repetition, though the film doesn't have the powerful undercurrent of regret typical of his best work.
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2012
The presence of Huppert in this one suggests an interest in branching out beyond the cult faithful.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 22, 2012
Hong's film rejoices in the capricious nature of romance and the samsaric ebb and flow of life, and it makes confusion woozily pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
May 21, 2012
Yet another loving tribute by Hong Sangsoo to French cinema, somewhere between inconsequential and flimsy but pleasant to watch all through.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 21, 2012
It almost seems as if Hong is poking fun at his own single-minded oeuvre, creating a fractal representation of how his other films obliquely interrelate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 21, 2012
It is amusing and exasperating, with the amusing part just about in the ascendant. Mostly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2012
It is - for all its charms, and despite Hong's trademark formal experimentation -- ultimately rather lightweight stuff.
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