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Sarah Mankoff

Sarah Mankoff is a writer and equestrian living in Brooklyn.

Western Unions: On Valeska Grisebach’s Western

It’s the poster image for Valeska Grisebach’s Western, and for good reason: German construction worker Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann) rides unbridled and bareback uphill on a long-maned white horse, looking back over his shoulder and down the hill behind him.

The End of the Affair: On Hong Sangsoo’s The Day After

Hong Sang-soo’s The Day After begins with a man raiding his fridge at 4:30 in the morning. As introductory gestures go, it would be easy to mistake Bongwan (Kwon Hae-hyo, a Hong regular) for a man looking to kick-start his day, an “early to bed, early to rise” type. But, as it turns out, the not-so-responsible Bongwan is simply trying to avoid his wife (Cho Yunhee), the woman with a spot-on hunch her husband is having an affair.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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