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|Genre:||Thriller, Drama, Romance|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 144 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Korea in the 1930s: The beautiful Lady Hideko (Kim Min-Hee) lives with her bossy uncle (Cho Jin-Woong) on the large family estate, which she was not allowed to leave since her childhood. The house, which combines English and Japanese architecture in a fascinating way, has a large library, which is Lady Hideko's uncle's greatest passion. Here he keeps some very special books in which stories full of unbridled eroticism are told. Once a month, a wealthy clientele is invited, who then has to read Lady Hideko from those books. Although the young woman is rich, she is also extremely unhappy in her situation - a found food for the fraudulent Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-Woo). With the help of the pickpocket Sookee (Kim Tae-Ri), who is employed as a maid for Lady Hideko, Fujiwara wants to marry the unstable woman in order to have her committed to an institution after the marriage and to snatch her entire fortune under the nail. An ingenious plan, but completely turned upside down, when Lady Hideko and Sookee develop feelings for each other…
After his first English-language film "Stoker", exceptional director Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy") now returns to Korean cinema with "The Pickpocket". Based on the novel "Solange Du liest" by the British writer Sarah Waters, he has staged a fascinating, sensual and wonderfully vicious story about deception, forbidden passions and deception. He moved the plot from Victorian England to colonial Korea in the 1930s. Of course this is not the only change that Park Chan-Wook has made to the template. Rather, he has extracted the important motifs of the novel and enriched them with his very own visions. And those who know the films of this extraordinary director know that only something great can emerge from them.
And so it is. The fascinating equipment and the engaging camera work ensure a visual language that immediately captivates the viewer. The different plot twists are really artfully woven into the story told from changing perspectives, so that it always remains exciting and surprising, even if some sequences are shown several times (whereby the change of perspective always reveals new details, through which the events are steered in a different direction). No matter if humor, sex or violence is used - and Park Chan-Wook is known for not being very squeamish with the latter two - so it always seems appropriate and never purely provocative, as is often the case with other filmmakers.
"Die Taschendiebin" is an artful entertainment cinema with high show values, great actors and a really great direction, which makes the film so successful on several levels. Even though it's not Park Chan-Wook's best film, this fascinating adaptation of a novel underscores his outstanding position as a filmmaker. That's what it's all about: Absolutely worth seeing!
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