HOTEL BY THE RIVER [blu-ray]

HOTEL BY THE RIVER [blu-ray]

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Code: 5282
A film by Hong Sangsoo

2019 / Korea / 96 min 
Korean DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 / NR
English Subtitles

Pre-Order: Ships November 26, 2019



    Synopsis

    An aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty. But the women have come to the hotel to do some healing of their own. As Younghwan moves between the women and his bickering sons, he also moves between his two minds: one that walks on the street and the other that communes with the eternal.

    Shooting in gauzy black-and-white with a strikingly untethered hand-held camera, South Korean master Hong Sangsoo interweaves the various dramas of his characters in a quiet, straightforward way. But small coincidences and privileged moments combine to create a powerful meditation on family and death, one of the most affecting films in Hong’s oeuvre.



    Special Features

    Theatrical Trailers
    Booklet featuring an essay by writer Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Alternate, reversable cover art



    Film Reviews

    "Quietly elegiac"
    - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

    "A pleasing shuffle, spiked with bittersweet humor and even a gentle, surprising hint of sentimentality. "
    - Guy Lodge, Variety

    "Never less than beautiful."
    - Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope

    "Hong creates a constellation of objects and moments—architectural, automotive, culinary, medical, whimsical—and gives them a new artistic state of being, a reverberant poetic identity."
    - Richard Brody, The New Yorker


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