NYFF 2022: against time, the film of the novelist, Pacifiction | Parties and awards
The exciting part is when we watch a movie that demands our full attention and we decide what it means. The flickering tableaus seem to form raw forms in their almost subliminal form, and the film is a success as a gathering of forms, but also Russell imbued it with his own personal losses, his own travels, his people, his its places, its world. The avant-garde film can be a clinical measure of time and tide, but it can also be a window into the soul of its creator. Russell and I have never met, but I think I know a little more about him with every movie I see. “Against Time” is a magnificent film, I hope to see more films with its mixture of autobiographical immediacy and pleasant geometry before the end of the year. In general, I hope more artists will be encouraged to follow their plotless instincts to find something else that is true and beautiful, something outside of the consumption of Western imagery.
It’s easy to find stagnation when you want to see innovation, see the new. I love Hong Sang-soo as much as the next movie buff but my patience with his stagnation is starting to wear thin. A few years ago, when he semi-publicly left his wife for actress Kim Min-Hee, his movies started to sound like confessions, which was exactly the kind of exciting perverted thing that melodramas are made of. classics. We are now in 2022 and I wonder how far Hong continues to innovate. People tell me that “Walk Up” is his most exciting in years, and I have to take their word for it. I saw “The novelist’s film” and I’m left with questions.
Kim plays an actress who only works for friends. Our hero is a novelist who asks her ex-boyfriend, a director, why he didn’t try harder to adapt his novel before the deal to adapt it fell through. I’ve seen Hong’s characters sit around a table drinking Soju more times than I’ve seen my own family in the past 6 years, so I guess I want to know where this project is headed. And then ? Will there be a Hong film that rewards our faith in his life-long, life-destroying project? Will hong sang-soo produce a movie as exciting as the idea of being hong sang-soo, funded by festivals to drive out his whims and wills? I really liked “The Novelist’s Film”, there is one composition in particular that seemed to me more beautiful than anything he’s written since 2010, but in general I think his lack of purpose is subsidized by his own artistic oblivion. I haven’t yet felt that Hong’s ideas aren’t something I couldn’t understand when rewatching Eric Rohmer’s movies. When Hong dies, we will know exactly what he was thinking and feeling by the second, and what will we have learned?