Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won)
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Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As usual Hong ("In Another Country," "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors") builds a rich structure of personal behavior and awkward social interaction on this simple platform."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Times
"The title and setup of the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's ironically romantic drama are a scintillating ruse."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Haewon emerges as a complex character in whose foolishly open company we would happily spend more time, her understated manner speaking volumes, her gestures gently telling their own story."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Here is another opportunity to acquire a taste for the Korean director Hong Sang-soo, or having acquired it, to cultivate it."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The casual plotting leaves loose ends, but Hong's rhyming rhythms take up some of the slack."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Couched in a lackadaisical storytelling style which masks an underlying fascination with the moral whys and wherefores of Korean society."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"This apparently meandering, unfocused story conceals an acutely observed portrait of a society in flux."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Haewon is the kind of thing Eric Rohmer used to churn out in the Eighties and Nineties; a masterpiece so quiet you barely notice it's there."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The film is teasing, poignant, enigmatic. Think of Eric Rohmer, add sadness, set in Seoul."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A thought-provoking drama that depicts the baby steps a pretty young South Korean woman takes as she begins to deal with the breadth and depth of her loneliness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of Hong's most linear films, it goes right for the pleasure centers."
‑ Calum Marsh,
"Nobody's Daughter Haewon is the Korean answer to Wong Kar Wai's Chunking Express, a moving statement of a country's people separated by the times."
‑ Alan Laidlaw, The List
"Sincere, whimsical and pretty dreary."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Hopefully this will be the film to make Hong Sang-soo make him a regular fixture in UK cinemas."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Little White Lies
"Despite the grim fatalism of these characters, the focus is less on universal questions of mortality than the lengthening shadows cast by the passage of time."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine