• Isabelle Huppert stars as three different women named Anne.

Hong Sang-soo’s 2012 feature In Another Country, which never received a single theatrical screening in Chicago but is now available on DVD, opens with a fine Buñuelian joke. A young woman commiserates with her mother about their family going bankrupt and having to leave Seoul in disgrace as a result of her uncle’s shady dealings. The conversation unfolds in a plainly dressed but rigorously framed two shot that’s instantly recognizable as Hong’s, even though the content differs from his usual shtick about film-world sniping and thwarted romance. Is the prolific South Korean filmmaker, perhaps the most stubbornly consistent since Yasujiro Ozu, branching out in his subject matter?

Cut to the next scene: The young woman goes to another room and starts working on a film script. It was going to be about a family going bankrupt, she says in her voice-over narration, but now she’s decided to write about a French director (Isabelle Huppert) visiting South Korea and staying with a local filmmaker. Hong shifts immediately to the movie she’s imagining, a low-key tale about film-world types remarkably similar to one of his own. So much for branching out!