Western Unions: On Valeska Grisebach’s WesternBy Sarah Mankoff
It’s the poster image for Valeska Grisebach’s Western, and for good reason: German construction worker Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann) rides unbridled and bareback uphill on a long-maned white horse, looking back over his shoulder and down the hill behind him.
The End of the Affair: On Hong Sangsoo’s The Day AfterBy Sarah Mankoff
Hong Sang-soos The Day After begins with a man raiding his fridge at 4:30 in the morning. As introductory gestures go, it would be easy to mistake Bongwan (Kwon Hae-hyo, a Hong regular) for a man looking to kick-start his day, an early to bed, early to rise type. But, as it turns out, the not-so-responsible Bongwan is simply trying to avoid his wife (Cho Yunhee), the woman with a spot-on hunch her husband is having an affair.