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New York Times Critic's Pick

New York Times Critics Pick

Filmmaker Joong-rae, suffering from writer’s block, takes a trip to the coast with his production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious Moon-sook. Soon after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae’s advances; however, the fickle hero can’t commit and he awkwardly parts with her. What had been a sardonic Jules and Jim turns into a burlesque Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort and attempts to recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles Moon-sook, until his jilted lover shows up…

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“Wry and tender and delicately melancholic, Woman on the Beach shows a newly confident filmmaker again working near the top of his form. This seemingly casual triangle is a classic formal and sexual configuration for Mr. Hong, whose elegant, restrained films chart the mysteries of the heart and the follies of the head with intelligence and shock waves of feeling.”

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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