In Water

In Water ★★★★½

It’s easy to imagine another filmmaker hitting on the idea of shooting a film out of focus (as for example Andy Warhol accidentally did with 1965’s Poor Little Rich Girl), but few would be able to do so and trust it to land a high profile spot in a major festival, a certain number of glowing critical reviews, and a North American theatrical and home video release. As to whether this safety net enables, to his detriment, the goofiest instincts of a once-interesting filmmaker or allows for an unprecedented degree of experimentation within the international art house idiom, your mileage may vary. I know where I stand: In Water is one of Hong’s most beautiful movies, as well as possibly one of his bleakest, and completes a kind of trilogy about the joy and agony of making cinema along with Introduction and The Novelist’s Film.

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