Director Hong Sangsoo's Korean film, Night and Day, that was screened on the sixth day of Osian's film festival, examines complex human relationships and reveals uncomfortable truths in a candid manner.
Sung-nam, the protagonist is a fugitive artist from Korea who escapes to Paris to avoid a stiff prison sentence. Once there, he settles down in a rickety hostel run by an older Korean man. By chance, Sung-nam bumps into his ex-girlfriend, now married, but finds her dead one day, leaving him shattered. Meanwhile, he meets Hyun-ju, a young art student and her roommate, Yu-jeong. Sung-nam gets smitten by the roommate and asks for sexual favours. Moreover, Sung-nam has a wife, who stays back in Korea, and is always in touch with him. Sung-nam loves his wife.
As the movie begins, the relationship between all the characters gets more and more complex. Sung-nam appears to be a confused, out of work painter and finds himself repeating I love you, every now and then. It seems that at some point he fails to understand the gravity of his feelings and tends to complicate his life. However, towards the end of the movie, the obvious happens. Sung-nam returns to his wife, leaving Paris and Yu-jeong.
The movie depicts a mystified series of relationships that a man can share with women, at a time. Also, it makes very clear how the priorities and choices in an individual's life change with time and circumstances. A concept, very repetitive, but presented refreshingly is adorable. Director Hong Sangsoo has been able to create the aforesaid complication and confusion well.
The movie Night And Day is also contending for the Audience Choice Award.