Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda
Woman Is the Future of Man

Woman Is the Future of Man. Some years ago, I found this sentence by Aragon, in the Quartier Latin, on a postcard. I liked it. I knew that it was going to stay with me, but I didn’t really know why. While writing the film [Woman Is the Future of Man], it came back [to me] and I decided to recycle it. The reason is simple: my two male characters live in the present, and the woman apparently belongs in their past. They still remember her and they go looking for her, so she is their future. But this sentence does not trigger any emotions in me. I don’t succeed in understanding it. The repetition causes the words to lose their meaning. I like this feeling of strangeness and confusion. My films are constructed on very concrete situations, but they don’t deliver any message. I hope they result in individual, very different reactions.”

Hong Sang-soo1

  • 1. Hong Sang-soo, “Hong Sang-soo: « Un film est bon pour moi s’il modifie ma manière de penser »,” translated by Sis Matthé, Cahiers du Cinéma, 590 (2004).