Hong Sang-soo performs another of his witty time games and tells two different versions of the same story. Chunsu is a film director who comes to Suwon and meets Heejun, an artist.
“Are all film directors alike?” someone asks during the film. The answer, as far as Hong is concerned, is none other than “no.” The encounters and disagreements between a filmmaker that arrives in the city to present his work and a local painter open the door to two possible stories of what that relationship could have been like. It’s the little details –those that become obvious or slip out when one has drunk a bit too much– that will define the drift as sweeter or bitterer. The combination of banal dialogue and deeper reflections is perfect, and the two stars make the film their own to the point of operating more like a standard than a restriction. Right Now, Wrong Then, as can be said about Hong’s entire work, is made up of subtle and intelligent variations on the usual subjects. FEJL
D, G: Hong Sang-soo F: Park Hong-yeol E: Hahm Sungwon S: Kim Mir M: Jeong Yong-jin P: Kim Kyoung-hee CP: Jeonwonsa I: Jung Jae-young, Kim Min-hee
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He was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1960, and studied film at the University of Chung-Ang. He directed several films, including Turning Gate (2002), Tale of Cinema (2005), Woman on the Beach (2006), Night and Day (2008), Hahaha (2009) and Oki’s Movie (2010), all of them screened in the retrospective of his work held by Bafici ‘13.