Upstairs Downstairs (Film Thoughts: Parasite)

parasite-french-movie-poster‘Parasite’ won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year so that is enough to make me pay attention to it. I know there are a lot of people who swear by current Korean cinema, but I can’t say I have been exposed to it that much. The film’s director, Bong Joon-hoo has a cult following among cinephiles, but I have not seen any of his earlier movies.

‘Parasite’ defies genre – it’s a comedy kinda, a thriller, kind of, a drama sure, but I also think it has horror elements. The film definitely packs a lot in it, and the story has enough twists and turns to turn one’s head. I have to say that I thought the first half was great social commentary about Korean culture, and halfway through it changes course and the storytelling begins. This is one of those films that will keep you on the edge of your seat, though I thought the ‘climax’ was a bit on the excessive side. But it is a film that will definitely catch your attention, and I even bet people will say that it is unforgettable. It’s not my kind of movie, genre wise, if I have to be honest, and I admire it more than I like it. I can’t see myself wanting to see it again, but then I feel the same way about Schindler’s List. I bet it wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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