Geu-hu (The Day After) 2017 Ages 15+

6.00PM Wed 16 Jan 2019 (1hr 32mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘Bongwan (Kwon Hae-hyo), a respected literary critic, runs a small publishing house in Seoul. So small, indeed, that he seems to have only one employee at a time, a young woman with whom Bongwan can be expected to test the boundaries of appropriate behavior. He had an affair with Changsook (Kim Sae-byeok), who left the company. Her replacement, Areum (Kim Min-hee), has a disconcerting first day on the job, which includes a long, boozy lunch, some prying questions from her employer and a visit from his wife (Cho Yun-hee), who mistakes her for Changsook.

The Day After […] is an especially elegant presentation of some of his characteristic concerns. Shot in chilly, silky digital black and white, it plays with chronology in a way that seems both casual and musically precise.

But the patterns of human interaction admit no such alteration. The weather may change — at one point it starts to snow — but people have a harder time. Rather than force his characters into moments of acute discomfort, Mr. Hong lets them amble toward awkwardness, talking in circles and commonplaces until their rage, need, embarrassment and loneliness bubble to the surface.’ New York Times

CREDITS

HD VIDEO, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 92 MINUTES, SOUTH KOREA, KOREAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: HONG SANG-SOO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: KIM HYUNG-KOO / EDITOR: HAHM SUNG-WON / PRODUCTION CO: JEONWONSA FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FINECUT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP