Don’t miss the limited engagement at The Charles Theatre of DAYTIME DRINKING, one of the sold-out features in MFF 2009’s new foreign film program, and a City Paper Critic’s pick.
DAYTIME DRINKING opens at The Charles on Friday, August 7th.
The explosion of new, exciting South Korean voices on film continues with Daytime Drinking, a crowd-pleasing deadpan comedy with dark edges that has much in common with the best American independent comedies of the last several decades.
When hapless Hyuk-jin gets dumped by his girlfriend, his friends make drunken plans to cheer him up with a trip to a distant resort. But when he arrives at the destination during its cold, dreary off-season, none of his friends have arrived — the first of many things to go wrong in this smart, hip comedy. Soon, Hyuk-jin begins to meet other people in his strange new surroundings — and while not all of them can be trusted, they all have one thing in common: they know how to drink.
A surprise hit at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, Daytime Drinking is a remarkably assured first feature from Noh Young-seok. Comparisons can be made to such “small” comedies as Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge and Bong Joon-ho’s Barking Dogs Never Bite. It’s a foreign film that’s artful without being “arty”; if you’re looking to laugh, look no further than this well-written, infectious film.
This is the first feature film by Seoul-born director Noh Young-seok.
DAYTIME DRINKING appeared at the 2009 Maryland Film Festival as part of our Filmmaker Advocacy Program, supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation.