Hill of Freedom

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Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology—and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafés and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district—a favorite Hong location—Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting tale of love and longing from the celebrated director. (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2014, 67 min.)