Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Hae-won)

Dir. Hong Sang-soo. 2013, 90 mins. DCP. With Jung Eun-chae, Lee Sun-kyun, Jane Birkin. Always eager to try out new narrative games, here Hong uses the form of a diary in order to tell, over the course of three days, the story of Haewon, a young woman who goes into a deep depression when her mother leaves Seoul for Canada. As is so often the case in Hong’s films, personal rupture leads to reconnecting with an ex-, here Haewon’s former professor, with whom she bickers and travels to Namhan Fortress. We also have glimpses of Haewon’s dream life, which beguilingly intermingle with her troubled waking existence, with Jung compelling in both settings.

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