In Front of Your Face
Korean auteur Hong Sang Soo’s In Front of Your Face premiered at Cannes 2021 and was the filmmaker’s 11th entry in the prestigious festival. Hong, known for a minimalist style and a focus on everyday life, has crafted an exceptional film about the simplest of things.
Sangok, a middle-aged, smartly dressed sometimes actress, returns to Seoul to visit her sister, having spent an extended period of time in the US. The city’s rapid development feels slightly foreign to her.
The film takes place during a day and a half, shot in a few extended takes, mainly in bars and cafes. Starring a cast of actors who have all appeared in previous Hong films: Lee Hyeyoung (No Blood No Tears), Cho Yunhee (Introduction) and Kwon Haehyo (The Woman Who Ran), In Front of Your Face is charming and sure to delight fans of this veteran filmmaker.