Richard Brody on Hong Sang-soo’s new movie, “Hill of Freedom”:
“In a way, the subject of the film would seem to be time—a theme that Hong introduces comically, by way of a book that Mori is reading.
But that very explicitness is a hint from Hong that the movie isn’t really about time as such, but about things that happen over time. Romance and its vagaries are among them, but the subject that underlies the entire story, one that encompasses not just the love affair but history itself, is international relations.”
"For the record, feminism by definition is: ‘The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.’
I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.
When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press.
When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”
When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.
I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.