Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Shot in chilly, silky digital black and white, it plays with chronology in a way that seems both casual and musically precise.
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The Day After

South Korean master Hong Sangsoo’s 21st feature as director, THE DAY AFTER, is a mordantly comic tale of infidelity and mistaken identity. Book publisher Bongwan’s (Kwon Haehyo) marriage is on the rocks after his wife (Cho Yunhee) discovers the affair he’s been having with his assistant (Kim Saebyuk). Now that relationship is ending too and Bongwan’s new assistant, the sharp and sensitive Areum (Kim Minhee), on her first day in the office, is left to navigate the fallout of all the turnover in Bongwan’s life.

With its ingeniously destabilizing leaps through time and stark black and white cinematography, THE DAY AFTER begins as a darkly hilarious look a ta man embroiled in extramarital entanglements but soon shifts—in a way only Hong can manage—into a heartfelt portrayal of a young woman on a quest for spiritual fulfillment.

Played at

Music Hall, 5.18.18 - 5.24.18
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 92 min
Language: Korean

  • Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Richard Brody, New Yorker
The South Korean director Hong Sang-soo infuses this impulsively romantic melodrama with the ironic echoes of comedy. Bongwan (Kwon Hae-hyo), the middle-aged head of a small Seoul publishing house, has been having an affair with his assistant, a young woman named Changsook (Kim Sae-b...