By the time its third story kicked in, "In Another Country" lost me.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
A beguiling set of variations on a theme, a gossamer-light étude composed for delight rather than dissection.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
It's a fairly banal comment on foreign estrangement (or love) that could have used some roughing up.
Hong Sang-soo's intricate new comedy of broken romance reaches exquisite heights of self-mocking pathos, painterly finesse, and symbolic density.
The presence of Huppert in this one suggests an interest in branching out beyond the cult faithful.
It is - for all its charms, and despite Hong's trademark formal experimentation -- ultimately rather lightweight stuff.