Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 28, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Woman on the Beach

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
127 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/09/08
distributor
New Yorker Films
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an A

In the beautiful, drily funny/sad relationship dramas of South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo (Tale of Cinema), the heart never knows what it wants. Men forever fumble and screw up, women are forever disappointed by the opposite sex, and then everyone drinks too much and goes to bed with the wrong partner. Woman on the Beach, Hong’s latest, is his best and most optimistic, a triangle tale about a filmmaker with writer’s block (Kim Seung-woo), his production associate (Kim Tae-woo), and a woman (Ko Hyun-joung) teetering between them on, yes, a wintry Korean beach. A

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