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Grass (2019)

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For his 22nd feature as director, Hong delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle a flame with a younger woman, a narcissistic filmmaker works to put together his next project-all while Areum types. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what's been written? As the dramas inside the café unfold, the plants outside grow taller.

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At this point it feels as though Hong can create a lovely composition or reach psychological insights offhandedly-the films successfully translate his carefree filmmaking process into narrative form.

December 30, 2019 | Full Review…

"Grass," true to its title, is small, sharp and bladelike.

April 23, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best expressions/variations on Hong's usual formula.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This movie, like most of Hong's others, doesn't pass judgment on its largely passive protagonist. In fact, it suggests that observing the people that pass through one's sight and hearing is an entirely valid mode of living.

April 18, 2019 | Full Review…

By the end of the film, Areum is forced to reckon with the very people she so casually, even callously inserted into her writing.

April 15, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Hong turns the café and its narrow alley into a graveyard of emotion. With a disturbing simplicity, he maps a passing vortex of pain onto bare and banal places and, in the process, rescues it from oblivion.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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