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  • Writer's pictureVenki

Parasite (Korean)

Ever since it premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and received the prestigious Palme d’Or award, i have been desperate to watch this. It was also the 22nd unanimous award of the jury in Cannes history. I have been watching all of the Bong Joon-ho films since he delivered a master stroke cult with "Memories of Murder" in 2003. At its core, Parasite is about dissection of class imbalance in Korean society and in fact its universal theme. It tells the story of two families - one rich, one poor - and how they get connected through deceit. It starts off like a bizarre black comedy and then turn into dark ,sadistic, discomfort zone. Like his last two films there is lot of metaphors thrown in this capitalism and social commentary movie. You wont be able to easily dissect these at the first viewing. No wonder he is considered one of the best master story tellers in Koran cinema. Parasite is gripping and crafted well, but i personally dont think he has crossed his benchmark that was set with memories of murder. Some people felt the startling finale was one of the best they have seen but i find it hard to digest. A lot of the plot points are just too over the top and weird. When it comes to cinematography and the haunting music its no way near to intriguing "The handmaiden". I also felt bit resemblance to Spanish thriller The Hidden Face for one of the concepts used. Having said that its a clever movie and the title was pitch perfect as it succeed in infiltrating our mind. Go for this bizarre story treatment.

Verdict - 3.5/5(Return of the Repressed)

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