New on DVD
At the very, very least, Hong Sangsoo’s wry comedy of manners Woman is the Future of Man understands that snow is the most sentimental of all nature’s wonders. The film registers not much else outside of its knot of emotionally entangled humans — the apartments and restaurants they frequent are nothing much to behold, just receptacles for their conversations — but the snow, drifting and blowing and conjuring up memories of relationships past, is practically its own character here. Set over the course of a few, fairly drunken winter days, Sangsoo’s film brings a trio of old friends and lovers (the lines are blurred with time and drink) back together for an ad hoc reunion that turns out to be nothing like what either the characters or the audience are expecting. It’s being released this week on DVD for those who missed it in the three or so days it actually played in theaters.
My review originally ran on filmcritic.com.Link