Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won)
Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) (2013)

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The title and setup of the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's ironically romantic drama are a scintillating ruse.

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Alan Laidlaw
The List

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Couched in a lackadaisical storytelling style which masks an underlying fascination with the moral whys and wherefores of Korean society.

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Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

Fleeting though it may be, there is nonetheless a feeling of having completed the routines the film has set out and, perhaps, achieved a sort of understanding.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

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.

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Calum Marsh

One of Hong's most linear films, it goes right for the pleasure centers.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

This apparently meandering, unfocused story conceals an acutely observed portrait of a society in flux.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

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.

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