RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (2015) by Hong Sang-Soo
“For a brief moment, a great distance, I felt like I was traveling to a remote place”
In Hong Sang-Soo’s seventeenth film, winner of Best Film and Best Actor in Locarno and Gijón respectively, we distinguish plot schemes, characters and recurring themes in his previous work. The relationship with women, alcohol and cinema once again articulates the axes of the story with a certain self-parodic vocation. In addition, as we can see from “Hahaha” (2010), it presents alterations in the plot from the same starting point.
Now yes, before he doesn’t juxtapose two variants of the chance meeting between a film director, probably an alter-ego of Hong Sang-Soo, and a young painter: he is passing through the city to present his latest film, but a day before by mistake so he proposes to spend the rest of the day together. This same anecdote is repeated in the second half, but the main character’s behavior is totally different, causing the evolution of the initial situation to have other consequences.
The big difference is that the film director, more entertaining in his attempt to flirt with the girl at first, ends up being more honest in the second part.
This moral tale of honesty is inevitably reminiscent of the work of Eric Rohmer, although it is articulated through a more obvious device. This combination could be exhilarating if it weren’t for the fact that it’s starting to look like the formula Hong Sang-Soo holds his work on. However, certain scenes are so fresh that it is a good movie to start with the author’s work.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.