At once a breezy vacation comedy and a fascinating formal experiment, In Another Country begins with a film student (Jung Yu-mi) and her mother (Youn Yuh-jang) hiding out in a seaside town. While there, the restless student begins penning a screenplay, set entirely in their present location, which tells three distinct variations on the same story of infidelity and social and sexual frustration, concerning a French woman named Anne’s (Isabelle Huppert) visit to the town and her subsequent encounters with its residents (and with the language barrier separating them). Huppert turns in a typically brilliant (and understatedly complex) performance as three variants of the same woman, proving herself to be an ideal match for Hong Sang-soo’s narrative gamesmanship. But she’s not alone: Youn, who has often played the sage elder in Hong’s films, is delightful here as a ne’er-do-well matriarch in the framing story.
English, French, Korean