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  • Summary: Joong Rae goes on a road trip to the west coast with his friend Chang Wook and Chang Wook's girlfriend Moon Suk. In the beautiful beach setting of Shinduri, Joong Rae and Moon Suk find themselves attracted to each other and spend a passionate night together. But where does life go the morning after? (TigerCinema) Expand
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  1. 91
    Woman On The Beach is a stripped-down, witty explication of how we all get stymied by the impulses and options inherent in the simple act of living.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama.
  3. 75
    A South Korean romantic comedy by Hong Sang-soo, who has been likened in style to France's venerable Eric Rohmer.
  4. Wry and tender and delicately melancholic, Woman on the Beach shows a newly confident filmmaker again working near the top of his form after the disappointing “Tale of Cinema” (2005), even if the new film unfolds straightforwardly, with none of the narrative ellipses and puzzle-box complications, the flashbacks and parallel story lines of his earlier work.
  5. 70
    Dry, wry, difficult-to-capture comedy.
  6. 70
    Albeit not as textured as Hong's past few films, Woman on the Beach is no less engrossing--a rueful tale of karmic irony, self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen abandonment.
  7. The film lacks Hong's usual insight and narrative innovation. It occasionally even feels self-indulgent.

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