• A Traveler's Needs

A Traveler's Needs

a film by Hong Sangsoo
2024, 90 minutes

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Synopsis

A comedy of improbable encounters and unlikely language lessons, A Traveler’s Needs marks the third collaboration between Hong and Huppert (following 2012’s In Another Country and 2017’s Claire’s Camera). This time Huppert plays Iris, a woman who finds herself adrift in Seoul and without any means to make ends meet, turns to teaching French via a très peculiar method. Through a series of encounters, as we grow to know more about Iris and her situation, the mysteries of her circumstances only deepen.

A charming troupe of Hong regulars complete the cast, including Lee Hyeyoung as one of Huppert's students and Kwon Haehyo as her flirty husband. A film about meaning and connection and the comfort of makgeolli, A Traveler’s Needs, offers a surprising take on inter-continental rendezvous and continues one of the most unique actor-director collaborations in contemporary cinema.



Reviews


"[A] short, shimmery comedy of the elusive human condition."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

"A perceptive film about the performative coping strategies of a stranger in a strange land."
- David Jenkins, Little White Lies

"One of Hong's more enigmatic and alluring works."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International

"Huppert is sensational, blending a deft sense of innocence with a hint of mischievousness."
- Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

"Hong's funniest film in years... a breath of fresh air."
- Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage


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Festivals & Awards

Winner - Silver Bear - Berlin Film Festival

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