«Parasites» - Cannes winner, South Korean is one of the best films of 2019
“Parasitas”, winner of the 72nd International Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, is on Thursday (26) and is sure to appear on many of the best lists of the year 2019. South Korean director and screenwriter Bong Joon-Ho (“Okja”, “The Host”) is one where the spectator's breath is held back by the great plot twists I obviously won't reveal here.
The camera soon introduces the central family of the plot: the father Ki-taek (played by the famous actor Kang-ho Song), the mother Chung-sook (the wonderful Hye-jin Jang), and her two grown children, the young Ki -woo (Woo-sik Choi), and the rebellious girl Ki-jung (So-dam Park). They live in a chaotic basement, use their neighbor's wi-fi and are all unemployed.
Until a friend of Ki-woo's superior convinces him to give English explanations to a teenager he intends to propose to her when she enters university. Young Da-hye (Jung Ziso) belongs to a very rich family. She is the daughter of mr. Park (Lee Sun-kyun), owner of a large technology company, and naive housewife Yeon-kyo (Cho Yeo-jeong), and has a nine-year-old brother, Da-song (Jung Hyeon-jun), which shows talent for the arts and for other kinds of plot-determining insights. Dazzled, the new teacher soon sees a chance to get a job for all his relatives there in that mansion. From then on, the routine of these rich will be totally altered by the poor family.
The mixture of submission and deception enters this social class conflict, as do suspense, absurd humor, and violence. The director himself stated that this is “a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains”, that is, it borders on reality.
“Parasites” has beautiful cinematography to contrast well who are the servants and who are the bosses (as Park Chan-wook did in “The Maid”), and to talk about the poverty of those who need to disappear to escape debt (also fear from Lee Chang-dong's “On Fire” movie).
The film is a clear attack on capitalism and the arrogant upper-class lifestyle. It's suffocating like living in a basement. In one scene, the poor father's character has the soles of his dirty feet well focused. But is that what we should be disgusted by now?
In an interview with the IMDb site (available on YouTube), the director said that "Parasites" would not exist if Kang-ho Song, who has also been his friend for 20 years, had not agreed to do so. Good thing the actor accepted the role because South Korean cinema only gets more fans and recognition around the world.
Synopsis: A Korean unemployed family begins to take a peculiar interest in one, one with a glamorous lifestyle - until everyone gets involved in an absolutely unexpected event.