Is there any doubt that we are living in the age of Hong Sangsoo? One of no fewer than five features made and released by the director in an eighteen-month span—including Museum Films premieres On the Beach at Night Alone and Claire’s Camera—The Day After may be the best of his recent, unparalleled string of successes. Book publisher Bongwan’s (Kwon Haehyo) marriage is threatened when his wife discovers that he is having an affair with his secretary. When Bongwan’s affair also falls apart, his new assistant, the sharp and sensitive Areum (Claire’s Camera‘s Kim Minhee), is left to deal with the consequences of her employer’s indiscretions. Shot in lustrous black-and-white, The Day After brilliantly maneuvers between past and present as the comedic story of a man embroiled in extramarital entanglements transforms itself into a moving portrait of one woman’s search for spiritual fulfillment.
Director Hong Sangsoo | 2017 | In Korean with English subtitles | 92 minutes | NR | DCP