Cinemates: Parasite

"This is a dazzling work, surprising and fully gripping from beginning to end, full of big bangs and small wonders." ★★★★★ Time Out

Showing Times

Thu 20 Feb 14:30

When Ki-woo instals himself as tutor to the daughter of the glamorous and wealthy Park family, it provides a toe-hold for his whole family to escape the twilight world of poverty in which they live.  One by one Ki-woo's mother, father and sister don false identies to take jobs with the Parks; his father becomes their trusted chauffeur, his mother replaces the loyal housekeeper and sister Ki-jung's counterfeiting skills secure her the job of art tutor to the Park's wacky young son, Da-song.  Masquerading as strangers to one another, the first sign of their dream life unravelling catastrophically is when Da-song comments that the new staff all smell the same...

Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's (Okja, Snowpiercer) scabrous satire riffs joyously on the universal themes of class, aspiration and materialism.  Since winning the top prize at Cannes, Parasite has been smashing it in the awards, defying the side-lining classification of 'Foreign Language Film'.  It's nominated for 6 Oscars, and is currently the outside favourite to take 'Best Picture' from heavy hitters like 1917The Irishman and Joker.  Our advice is to not read too much about this beforehand; just sit back and enjoy the anarchy and mischief of Bong's distinctive vision.

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