In Front of Your Face

Scintillating...radically bracing as a brief dip in a freezing sea after a rather too soju-soaked luncheon.


In Front of Your Face

After years living abroad, former actress Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung) is back in Seoul, staying with her sister Jeongok (Cho Yunhee) in her high-rise apartment. The siblings sleep late, have breakfast in a cafe and visit a restaurant owned by Jeongok's son. But as the details of Sangok's day accrue (a spill on her blouse, an encounter at her childhood home), it becomes clear that there is much she is not revealing. And these mysterious circumstances have something to do with her decision to meet with film director Jaewon (Kwon Haehyo) to discuss her return to acting.

In her first role for Hong, Lee, a prominent theater and screen actress in South Korea, makes a captivating return to the big screen. With
In Front of Your Face, Hong suggests that perhaps the most important things in this life are also the most immediate.

"Satisfying... Fascinating... Mesmerically simple." - Matt Turner, Little White Lies

“A serenely passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality.” -Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“One of Hong’s most moving films…tinged with the beauty and sadness of transience.” -Becca Voelcker, Sight and Sound

“Hong’s gift resides in part in his ability to inform potentially tedious tangents with a rapturous and seemingly effortlessly achieved intensity. -Chuck Bowen, Slant

“One of the very best films from one of the very best filmmakers working today.” -Joshua Brunsting, CriterionCast

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival
Winner - Best Actress, Lee Hyeyoung, International Cinephile Society
Not Rated
Hong Sang-soo
Hong Sang-soo
Lee Hyeyoung, Cho Yunhee, Kwon Haehyo
Dave White, TheWrap

In the opening moments of “In Front of Your Face,” the tender, moving drama from the great South Korean director Hong Sang-soo (“On the Beach at Night Alone”), a woman named Sangok (Lee Hye-young) wakes up on the couch of her sister’s apartment. She touches her own thigh, then her stomach.

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