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Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

A clever reflection on romantic encounters is a perfect introduction to this South Korean auteur

Drama, Romance

7.7

movie

South Korea

Korean

Lighthearted, Lovely, Slice-of-Life

2016

Hong Sang-soo, Sang-soo Hong

Choi Hwa-jeong, Go Ah-sung, Jae-yeong Jeong

121 min

Synopsis

Chun-Soo arrives in Suwon one day earlier than scheduled. He has a special lecture to give the next day. Chun-Soo decides to visit a palace and meets Hee-Jung there. Hee-Jung is a painter and she lets Chun-Soo see her workroom with her paintings. In the evening, they go out eat and drink together. There, Chun-Soo reveals something unexpected to Hee-Jung.

Our Take

7.7
Igor Fishman

In the West, South Korean film is largely defined by the ingenious (oft violent) bombast of directors like Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) and Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), but there is a quieter tradition championed by director Hong Sang-soo that is just as imaginative and worthy of your time. This fascinating film serves as a perfect entry point to a director whose filmography is full of similar riches.

A film director arrives in town to deliver a lecture, and having some time to kill, ends up sharing a day with a stranger. This simple set-up recalling Before Sunrise leads down a charming and quietly romantic route that would be delightful on its own, but Right Now, Wrong Then is about much more than just a chance encounter. It’s a film more concerned with how little moments here and there can change everything, and how much our lives are governed as much by chance and timing as the choices we make.

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