The Woman Who Ran

The Woman Who Ran

The Woman Who Ran

A woman catches up with her friends while her husband's away in this breezy South Korean drama. Though satisfied with her marriage, this is the first time in five years she's been away from her husband, and each visit is opening her eyes to new ways of looking at the world. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival.

Silver Bear, Berlin 2020
2020Rating: M, Coarse language77 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Hong Sang-soo ('Right Now, Wrong Then', 'Night and Day', 'On the Beach at Night Alone')
Writer:
Hong Sang-soo
Cast:
Kim Min-heeSeo Young-hwaSong Seon-miKim Sae-byuk

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The film's placid surfaces and unexceptional events glint with sharp-edged observations and shudder with vast passions.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The Woman Who Ran is ultimately a minor doodle, even by Hong’s standards; it lacks the games of nonlinear structure, cognitive dissonance, or lightly surrealist Groundhog Day cycles that mark his best work. But the film has its moments, too, most of them concerned with the way social propriety affects communication.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Hong Sang-soo invests the ironic, despairing theme of the film with humor and empathy—an empathy that he suggests he cannot extend to the women of his life.

Variety

Variety

press

This deceptively offhand vibe requires the actresses to project effortless naturalism, and they all deliver.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Although perhaps on the enigmatic end of the Hong spectrum, The Woman Who Ran touches rewardingly on themes such as relationship dynamics and gender roles. The delicacy of the predominantly female-driven storytelling is unassuming but beguiling.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hong, who handled screenplay as well as directorial, editing and scoring duties, is in fine form here.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The movie has a loose, almost amateurish quality to its production that suggests another rush job from a filmmaker unwilling or unable to slow down. But the movie reveals its deeper layers with time, congealing into a perceptive and often charming bite-sized study of smart women contending with a series of annoying men.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

With Kim’s rueful performance, and the film’s roaming, Eric Rohmer-like sensibilities, The Woman Who Ran allows itself to take solace in serenity and not worry so much about the would haves and could haves.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The film's placid surfaces and unexceptional events glint with sharp-edged observations and shudder with vast passions.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The Woman Who Ran is ultimately a minor doodle, even by Hong’s standards; it lacks the games of nonlinear structure, cognitive dissonance, or lightly surrealist Groundhog Day cycles that mark his best work. But the film has its moments, too, most of them concerned with the way social propriety affects communication.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Hong Sang-soo invests the ironic, despairing theme of the film with humor and empathy—an empathy that he suggests he cannot extend to the women of his life.

Variety

Variety

press

This deceptively offhand vibe requires the actresses to project effortless naturalism, and they all deliver.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Although perhaps on the enigmatic end of the Hong spectrum, The Woman Who Ran touches rewardingly on themes such as relationship dynamics and gender roles. The delicacy of the predominantly female-driven storytelling is unassuming but beguiling.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hong, who handled screenplay as well as directorial, editing and scoring duties, is in fine form here.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The movie has a loose, almost amateurish quality to its production that suggests another rush job from a filmmaker unwilling or unable to slow down. But the movie reveals its deeper layers with time, congealing into a perceptive and often charming bite-sized study of smart women contending with a series of annoying men.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

With Kim’s rueful performance, and the film’s roaming, Eric Rohmer-like sensibilities, The Woman Who Ran allows itself to take solace in serenity and not worry so much about the would haves and could haves.

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