The film follows Gamhee (Kim Min-hee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Young-wha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seon-mi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Sae-byuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface.
With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. The Woman Who Ran is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere.