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The Novelist's Film(소설가의 영화)

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Korea · 2022
1h 32m
Director Hong Sang-soo
Starring Lee Hye-young, Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Park Mi-so
Genre Drama

A young, disenchanted novelist is on a long trip to see an old friend. On her way, she runs into a film director who was set to adapt one of her novels before the project fell through. One chance encounter leads to another and soon she is inspired to relaunch herself as a filmmaker.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The deadpan edge of much of the film’s 90 minutes of prattle conceals thoughts on the insularity of creative communities, the ticking clock of an artist’s life and the importance of remaining open to finding truth even in what appear to be random connections.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Ultimately, The Novelist’s Film defends the idea of drift and hiatus, of time spent idling to hear your own thoughts, in their own sweet time.


Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

The film proves that Hong Sang-soo has yet to exhaust his methods of deriving significance and beauty from the most quotidian of details.


The Playlist by Mark Asch

Though it lacks the near-spiritual dimension of the recent “In Front of Your Face” (Hong’s best in years), The Novelist’s Film is another focused, charming autofiction, well-structured yet open to the inspirations of serendipity.

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