The 24th feature from Hong Sang-soo, THE WOMAN WHO RAN follows Gamhee (frequent collaborator Kim Minhee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Youngwha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences.
“Gentle, lackadaisical drama that smoothly glides through its slight story and slim 77-minute runtime…. Hong employs his signature minimalist filming style to let the viewer hang out in this gentle world of women, chatting with them about their ambitions, their dreams, their regrets, the people they help, the people they hurt..” —Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashFilm New York Times Critic’s Pick: “For those of us who delight in [Hong’s] elegant explorations of drunkenness, regret, lust and ennui, he is an indispensable comedian of modern manners, good and bad, and his steady (or perhaps compulsive) productivity is a gift. THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a cinematic sketch, and also the work of a master.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times