• Unrated, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Sang-soo Hong
  • In Theaters:    Jan 11, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Apr 9, 2013
  • Kino Lorber Films

In Another Country Reviews

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Harlequin68 Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2012
In order to get her mind off her uncle ruining her family and forcing them all to live in the street in an undesirable neighborhood, Won-ju(Jung Yoo-mi) distracts herself by writing a three part screenplay, all centered around a different Anne(all played by Isabelle Huppert) visiting a seaside village in Korea in the offseason. Blue Anne is a film director. Red Anne is in town to have an affair with Jong-soo(Kwon hae-hyo), a film director. Park Sook(Yoon Yeo-jeong) takes her friend Green Anne to the village to heal after her husband leaves her for another woman.

On a meta level, "In Another Country" is an intriguing proposition with Won-ju writing herself into her own screenplay, possibly being inspired by this reality's Isabelle Huppert which is why she keeps showing up. However, in detailing each of the Anne's different effects on the people she encounters, especially a wacky lifeguard(Yoo Jun-sang), the movie feels slight, suffering from a terminal lack of ambition, coupled with a certain lack of filmmaking style.
Matty Stanfield Matty Stanfield August 17, 2013
Who would have ever imagined that the collaboration between Sang-soo Hong and Isabelle Huppert would result in such a delightfully light but insightful film. While there is much said here, this movie is intended to entertain as much as to make you think. Surrealistic and fanciful, In Another Country is both comical and melancholy. Huppert gives a wonderfully realistic and charming performance. The same for the rest of the cast.

This is a long way from WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN, but it is hard to imagine any fan of Korean or French cinema not loving this movie. Spot-On!
Adrian S ½ April 9, 2013
Hong Sang-Su and Isabelle Huppert? You definitely can't go wrong. As with his previous cheeky features, Hong story-within-a-story explores the possibilities of love and its comedic consequences. This time with Huppert as a fish out of the water.
Alaeddin H April 12, 2013
Pointless waste of anyone's time.
Jim  N. Jim N. May 2, 2013
wow- really bad - was this made by a high school class in one take??
Hin L April 1, 2013
This movie is dribbles and not in a good way.
Gordon I ½ January 11, 2013
Color me a HONG SANG-SOO fan. This was wonderful.
Israel S ½ January 31, 2013
The day that Hong Sang Soo has conquered my heart!!!
Olga T January 10, 2013
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.
Priya P ½ December 23, 2012
Isabelle Huppert's bland acting skills made this movie seem like an endless repeat of three stories, making you go insane. I give brownie points to the concept, and if it was executed well, it would make for a great movie. Unfortunately, the contrary ensued, which made me hate it.
Harlequin68 Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2012
In order to get her mind off her uncle ruining her family and forcing them all to live in the street in an undesirable neighborhood, Won-ju(Jung Yoo-mi) distracts herself by writing a three part screenplay, all centered around a different Anne(all played by Isabelle Huppert) visiting a seaside village in Korea in the offseason. Blue Anne is a film director. Red Anne is in town to have an affair with Jong-soo(Kwon hae-hyo), a film director. Park Sook(Yoon Yeo-jeong) takes her friend Green Anne to the village to heal after her husband leaves her for another woman.

On a meta level, "In Another Country" is an intriguing proposition with Won-ju writing herself into her own screenplay, possibly being inspired by this reality's Isabelle Huppert which is why she keeps showing up. However, in detailing each of the Anne's different effects on the people she encounters, especially a wacky lifeguard(Yoo Jun-sang), the movie feels slight, suffering from a terminal lack of ambition, coupled with a certain lack of filmmaking style.
Andy W ½ November 15, 2012
In Another Country plays with its narrative by adding different twists to each segment of the story. It is a pleasant, albeit lightweight, rumination on the crossroads of life that lead to different paths, and the film cleverly leaves everything up for audience's interpretations (and reconstruction as well). Huppert's naturalistic performances are playful and full of charm, and Sang-soo Hong's assured direction (love his constant zoom-ins) helps set the mood to a breezy tone. The film may not evoke the strongest of emotions, but it serves as an interesting cinematic experiment and a somewhat thought-provoking journey.
Patryk C ½ October 19, 2012
It's a melancholic ode to the beautiful Korean landscapes and their distinct picturesque value. Isabelle Huppert plays three different French women in three separate yet perfectly similar segments about loneliness, love, desires, all surrounded by a greatly heartwarming feel. With its proper humorist approach to the subject of separation in a far-flung place, In Another Country plays a charming and valuable role in the genre, giving an alternative look at the possibilities of a rom-com. It's a lightweight entertainment experience, enhanced by some joyful and likable characters, and the meditative ambiance, which brings all that's best about traveling. Sang-soo Hong treats the subject matter with utmost precision, and shows his skills in developing every segment with a whole new light-hearted touch.
Barbara H ½ October 18, 2012
Did not like this one. Got there late and thought I might have missed something that would have helped me like it, but according to others who saw the whole thing, I didn't miss a thing.
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