On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)
On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017)

A foreign city. The actress Younghee, stressed by a relationship with a married man in Korea, has given up everything, as the least courtesy she can show her sincere heart. He has said he'll join her, but she mistrusts him. She eats at… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2017
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Hong [Sang-soo's] work can frustrate, but his observant cinema can also be revelatory, a reason he has such a strong international following.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

"On the Beach" feels more raw and personal than some of Mr. Hong's other work.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Whether as an act of explanation, of self-flagellation, or something much murkier, "On the Beach at Night Alone" refuses to play by the conventional rules, of movies or of scandals.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

It's more than worth seeing for Kim's exposed nerve endings alone, and also for the way in which Hong's typically playful sensibility seems to tilt at times into a surreal, menacing strangeness.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It's a raw, open wound of a movie, in its hunkered-down way, and Hong doesn't always seem to be wholly comfortable handling emotions that aren't strictly mediated by social niceties.

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Robert Horton
Seattle Weekly

This is movie-making as a kind of extended confessional, from a filmmaker to an actress, and it's compelling on that score.

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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

On the Beach at Night Alone" exemplifies all of the worst tendencies of Hong's films without many of his better qualities.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

Hong examines the turmoil of human interaction - the pain of honesty as well as the frustration of inexpressiveness.

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Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

[Hong Sang-soo's] sympathetic, purposefully episodic film privileges [Kim Minhee's] point of view as she talks to other people about the relationship.

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