Hotel by the River (Gangbyun Hotel)

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An old poet staying for free in a riverside hotel summons his two estranged sons. This is because he feels, for no apparent reason, as he is going to die. After being betrayed by the man she was living with, a young woman gets a room at the hotel. Seeking support, she summons a friend. The poet spends a day with his sons and tries to wrap up the loose ends in his life. But it's not so easy to do that in one day. But then he sees the young woman and her friend, after a sudden, unbelievably heavy snowfall.


  • Ju-bong Gi
  • Min-hee Kim
  • Hae-hyo Kwon
  • Seon-mi Song
  • Joon-Sang Yoo

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  • The film premiered at TIFF in Toronto, Canada in September 2018.
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Sep 6, 2018

The forlorn feel of Hotel By The River becomes increasingly endearing, and there is a strain of bone dry humour that lightens the mood.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
Sep 6, 2018

The sorrowful situations are frequently laced with chuckles,

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 5, 2018

A story of a poet, Hotel by the River comes to resemble a poetry collection itself, abounding in emotional currents and grace notes that are bracingly allowed to hang, free of reductive explication.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine