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Right Now, Wrong Then2015

  • 4.1
Quite by accident, film director Chunsu arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist, Yoon Heejung. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to Heejung's workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, Chunsu and Yoon may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different.

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"...amounts to MULHOLLAND DR. in reverse: grim reality first, wish-fulfillment fantasy second. What makes the film truly great is that each half works beautifully even when divorced from the structural gimmick." - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club


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Sartre told a story of a couple on a date at a cafe. Both knew the date wasn't really going to lead anywhere, but each were enjoying themselves. Neither was willing to spoil the magic of the evening by revealing the truth. So they continued to spend time together until inevitably they parted - for good. That is this film. It is so beautifully rendered and I doubt I will ever truly stop thinking about it.

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Sartre told a story of a couple on a date at a cafe. Both knew the date wasn't really going to lead anywhere, but each were enjoying themselves. Neither was willing to spoil the magic of the evening by revealing the truth. So they continued to spend time together until inevitably they parted - for good. That is this film. It is so beautifully rendered and I doubt I will ever truly stop thinking about it.

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This film makes a lot out of the subtlety of the two takes. Minor differences happen and we are left to judge what impact they truly have on the incurring changes. The greatest flaw may in fact be in the filmmakers own lack of subtlety in expression; the story's complexity not quite following through in the dialogue or action. There is something though very interesting in the way that the commercial sort of feel in the cinematography (I think it looks like Korean television dramas I've seen) play off the sense of intimacy between the male lead, an art house director, and the creator of this film. The camera also does a good, if tactless, job giving the audience a sense of focus in any given scene. Even if Right Now, Wrong Then, fails to be a great film, I would consider a very fun film.

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Damn near a masterpiece. A terrific slow-burn story predicated on the simple idea that honesty might be the best policy.

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Highly enjoyable. Very slow moving film that makes watching with subtitles very easy. Beautifully made in many ways. Fine acting. Quite a different /artful approach that throws off the viewer half way thru bbut stick with it. Really liked the music. A classic movie I believe.

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Kevin B Lee: https://vimeo.com/156638272

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The two similar parallel plots gives this film a uniqueness that was rather engaging.

The plot is slow moving but the excellent acting more than makes up for that.

This is yet another winning movie to come out of South Korea. Fans of that country's cinema will appreciate this one.

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weird to see the same film back to back but not quite really_Heejung is wonderful_i'd fall in love with her too_i really love some parts of this_and some parts_give me a break but it's a sweet cool idea_it's a slow film_my favorite kind_a lot to think about & feel_i'm an artist let's make it happen

enjoyed.

A masterful work in the realm of subtlety. Engaging and thought provoking in a unique and rare way. Excellent all around.

Interesting but not novel idea to show two alternative stories. Camera work was irritating in some places. Very little in the way of a story, which is okay if there is something either cerebral or appealing to the emotions, but this was lacking.