Awards: Best film, best foreign film, best director; Palme d’Or
Fantastic. Poignant. Loving. Conniving. Hopeful. Privileged. Desperate. Nuanced. Subtle. Surprising. Masterful. Tragic. Comedic. Epic. Theatrical. Deep. Easy. Fun. Fearful.
It draws you in and keeps you there. And goes in a well devised direction. Chapeau.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
This really is a horribly fascinating film, brilliantly written, superbly furnished and designed, with a glorious ensemble cast put to work in an elegantly plotted nightmare. It is a scabrous black comedy-slash-farce that resonates beyond its generic limits – a movie about status envy, aspiration, materialism, the patriarchal family unit and the idea of having (or leasing) servants. More than this, it is about the suppressed horror of the overclass for its underlings and its morbid distaste for the smell of people who have to use public transport. The satirical reflex extends to a vision of South and North Korea living together in paranoid, resentful intimacy, and its climax is precipitated by an almost Biblical climate-emergency catastrophe.
South Korea 2019, 131 min, rated R13 (violence, offensive language & sex scenes)
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
Starring an ensemble cast