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8th March 2020 - 11th March 2020
This superb blackly comic satirical thriller won last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, the first Korean film to do so.
A downtrodden family, the Kims eke out a hand-to-mouth existence in a basement apartment. Struggling to earn enough for basic survival, their luck changes when the son, Ki-woo is employed to teach English to the daughter of the wealthy Park family in their suburban home. Slowly and cunningly, the Kims infiltrate every aspect of the Parks’ daily life. But when an interloper threatens their newfound comfort, a battle of class warfare breaks out, with things going first comically, then horribly, wrong. Full of energy, verve and a transgressive visual wit, Parasite is incredibly watchable but also brims with rage at the inequalities of contemporary capitalism.
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
South Korea, 2019, 2 hours 12 minutes
“a raucous, bang-up romp that isn’t shy to catch you mid-laugh (or mid-shriek) with bottomless, bleeding human pain and fury.” Guy Lodge, The Guardian
Nominated for 4 BAFTAs & 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director
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I was interested to see this film as it had received such great reviews and accolades at the Oscars. I thought it was an excellent portrayal of the contrast between the rich and poor and the escalation of events as the film progressed. It was intense, thought provoking and riveting. The acting was really good too. I enjoyed seeing this film and may go back again while it is on in the Forum next week. I am sure I missed bits and nuances which I would like to see on a second viewing.