Hotel by the River

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Hotel by the River finds writer-director Hong Sang-soo revisiting familiar themes from fresh perspectives -- and telling a story that potently distills his unique creative strengths.

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Convinced he's on the verge of death, an aging poet invites his two bickering sons to an isolated hotel for a final goodbye.

Cast & Crew

Kwon Hae-Hyo
Hong Sang-Soo
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Seo Ji-Hoon
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Critic Reviews for Hotel by the River

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  • Hong Sang-soo was the most reliable auteur of the decade...

    December 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's an explosive, soul-baring display from a filmmaker who hasn't lost - and indeed, may be rediscovering - his capacity for surprise.

    December 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Hong's free style isn't showy; there's a stillness holding the film together at all times.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Shot in wintry black-and-white, Hotel by the River folds Hong's usual concerns into a structure that's more complex than usual.

    February 15, 2019 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

    NPR
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  • One of Hong's most unexpectedly poignant works, self-reflexive in a way that feels searching rather than rote.

    February 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But here, one also finds everything that is worth cherishing about this filmmaker's evolving, self-recycling, self-referential oeuvre.

    February 12, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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