Like You Know It All (2009)

SANG-SOO HONG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Original title:  Jal al-ji-do mot-ha-myeon-seo

South Korea, 2009.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Produced by .  Music by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2009.

Another delicate, deceptively simple charmer from Hong Sang-Soo. A reasonably well known arthouse filmmaker is forced to face his own irresponsible attitude towards the people in his life through increasingly dire experiences. Ku begins at a film festival where he has been asked to serve as juror but, with the late nights of drinking and general lack of desire to be there, he spends most of his time sleeping through screenings before cutting out early. His next journey is to a film school where he reunites with a beloved teacher from his younger days, whom he then follows to his rural home where he reconnects with the teacher’s much younger wife, who turns out to be from Ku’s past. As is typical of Hong’s films, most of the dramatic turns happen while characters commune over booze, with more dramatically outrageous events happening here than is usual and a number of laugh out loud moments thanks to the main character’s generally blithe lack of awareness of those around him. That ignorance also gets him into severe trouble, and the film wisely holds him responsible for the effect it has on others without being preachy or compromising its light tone.

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