Monday, October 07, 2019

Parasite (2019)

Winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes this year, Parasite is a reminder that Korean cinema at its best is near unbeatable. 

We are introduced to a family of JAMs in Seoul, of whose guileful, opportunistic approach to employment we quickly become aware, as each one separately acquires a position within the the Gangnam household of a wealthy businessman. (The appointment of mum and dad in particular requiring an element of displacement.) 

That they have to pretend not to know each other adds some farce to the social satire innate in this situation. Soon enough black comedy is the dominant mood, to the point of actual horror, yet at the end it is hard not to feel rather deeply moved. Masterful. 

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