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Author: Greg Cwik

Watching and Being Watched: Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass”

Hong Sang-soo’s pitiable, bibulous characters always seem in pursuit of something ineffable, something just out of reach. Sad and voluble, they desire love, and answers to questions they can’t quite articulate. In Grass, his first film of 2018, a rotating coterie of couples bicker and banter and talk at length about the various banal things that comprise the majority of relationships. It’s a film about the unimportant moments, the minutiae that would normally be cut from a mainstream narrative. Hong works at a prodigious rate (Grass is his fourth film in the last 12 months), and one has to...

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