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But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else. Read full review
The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has nowhere to go. And so he returns to a bar, a woman and situations that are always the same and yet always different - snow falls during one kiss but not another - playing a director whose life resembles a movie he keeps remaking. Read full review
The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives.
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The movie finds the right tone to present its bittersweet wisdom. It's relaxed. It's content to observe and listen. Read full review
Maintains a funny and sad focus on its single petulant subject. Read full review
A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives - shot in luminous black-and-white - might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog Day." Read full review
Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time. Read full review
Like Rohmer, Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief. Read full review
The verb in the title of The Day He Arrives doesn't refer so much to a traveler reaching a destination as to a man finding himself - or hoping to. Read full review
An agreeably meandering exercise that brings some clever French New Wave fillips and structural repetitions to Hong's characteristically boozy party. Rougher but more approachable than his previous "Oki's Movie." Read full review
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