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Südkorea 2019 - with Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park ...

The Frankfurt-Tipp rating:

Movie info

Original title:Gisaengchung
Direction:Bong Joon-Ho
Cinema release:17.10.2019
Production country:Südkorea 2019
Running time:Ca. 132 min.
Rated:From 16 years
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The Kim family leads a life at the lower end of the subsistence level. The shared flat of father, mother, son and daughter is a greenish and dim cellar, the W-Lan of the neighbours is only available in the back corner of the bathroom and with jobs like folding pizza boxes the family barely keeps its head above water. But then the son gets a unique opportunity when he meets an old buddy: a job as an English tutor in the Park family's posh villa. He can hardly speak any English, but he manages to convince the parents of his new student that the opposite is true. And that's not all. With skilful manipulation and lies, he succeeds in gradually getting the rest of his family employed by the Parkers and getting rid of the previous staff. Not knowing that their new employees are related to each other, the wealthy Parkers can no longer do without the Kims. But then a long-kept secret triggers unexpected events that could cause the carefully constructed house of cards to collapse again…

For his latest work "Parasite", the celebrated Korean director Bong Joon Ho ("Snowpiercer", "The Host") was able to win the Golden Palm of Cannes and several Oscars this year. But his mixture of bitter satire, drama, deep black comedy and gripping thriller is also brilliantly told. The film reveals new abysses over and over again and at the same time eludes any clear classification. At its core Bong Joon Ho has created a very intelligent and at the same time extremely entertaining piece of social criticism, that delivers some surprising twists and a fascinating visual language. However, what's making "Parasite" so special at the end is that it works extremely subtle with a very clear language, which is why the viewer is surprised over and over again how fast the story changes its tone or direction - and at the end arrives at its intended destination in a harmonious way.

Movies like this usually come along very pregnant with meaning and heavy. For many filmmakers, entertainment and aspiration seem to be categorically mutually exclusive. Bong Joon Ho shows, as in earlier films, that this is not the case. He also allows his audience to discover something like lightness and humor in moments in which he shows in which misery his protagonists live. And he shows that it is possible to address the problems of our society without having to wag your index finger all the time or bathe excessively in melancholy.

In short: Bong Joon Ho trusts that his audience can sit back and be entertained without having to switch off the brain completely. You understand his message, get shaken by some intense scenes and also think about the movie for a long time. All of this makes "Parasite" quite a little masterpiece, that not only more than deserves its numerous awards like the Oscar, but also an "absolutely worth seeing"!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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