Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009)
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The South Korean director Hong Sang-soo unleashes yet another emotionally stunted antihero in Night and Day, a rambling study of male arrested development.
Finally, he arrives at a masterfully deployed bit of third-act rug-pulling so unexpected that it may be Hong's way of saying we are all stumbling toward an uncertain horizon.
Very Korean in its emotional content, while also preserving a quizzical distance that is quite French, pic is one of his lightest and most easily digestible metaphysical meals to date.
The directness of Sun-nam's voiceover encapsulates what's salient about Hong's approach, which lays everything bare and leaves little room for ambiguity.
Our muscular antihero protagonist turns out to be the lost soul from Seoul, whose utterances of love and seemingly sincere actions always remain suspect.
Audience Reviews for Night and Day (Bam gua nat)
On the run from the law in his native South Korea, Seong-nam(Kim Yeong-ho), an art student, ends up in Paris where he lives in a guesthouse room with ten other people. Seeking a little elbow room, he hangs out in the lounge where he reads the only available book, the Bible. He also gets out from time to time, reconnecting with Min-seon(Kim Yoo-jin), an ex-girlfriend. Like its sort of protagonist who is barely intriguing enough to be of interest, "Night and Day" is a shambling and random movie, along with being very episodic and improvised. But even from thousands of miles away, the movie does have some incisive things to say about South Korea, namely how strict the laws there are concerning smoking marijuana.(Like you need a reason to visit Paris, anyway.) And the North Korean character, Keong-soo(Lee Sun-kyun), is a nice touch.
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