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In Front of Your Face(당신얼굴 앞에서)

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Korea
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2021

1h 25m

Director Hong Sang-soo
Starring Lee Hye-young, Cho Yun-hee, Kwon Hae-hyo, Shin Seok-ho
Genre Drama
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A former actress with a secret returns to Seoul to live with her sister in a high-rise apartment. After considering a return to acting, she meets with a young director who asks her to join his project.

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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film is an obsessive rumination on the little squabbles and inconveniences and pleasures that add up to the bulk of our lives.
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The Film Stage by David Katz

A body of work like components of a house: one film is a corridor, another a small bedroom window. Others are the structural backbone. A looming jewel of a career, right in front of your face.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Typical of Hong’s work, the laid-back anti-storytelling lets daily life flow slowly by without incident, until a revelatory twist in the last act gives the film its meaning. It will certainly appeal to his festival fan base but neophytes beware: It takes patience to get to hidden truths, and even so they are about as clear as a Zen koan.
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The Playlist by Elena Lazic

Despite being shot during the pandemic, In Front of Your Face is one of the South Korean director’s most open films of late, poignant in its use of a simple structure to touch on the eminently difficult question of how to live happily between past, present, and future.
90

Variety by Jessica Kiang

Hong’s film and his radiant star are not made for melancholy, and so instead they laugh — at the absurdity of hoping for some castle in the air when there’s so much life all around you, always, right in front of your face.