2016 needed this toothy Gothic sexual thriller. Webs of deceit and desire placed on equally complex individuals. The Handmaiden destroys pornography and gives agency to the women in pornographic and societal roles. At times, The Handmaiden almost feels excessive or too indulgent, but never exploitative. Sumptuous cinematography and humorous/ingenious editing are to be expected from Park Chan-Wook at this point and The Handmaiden does not disappoint.
You have to see The Handmaiden.
It's hard to feel like anyone understands you if you don't take a minute to understand others.
Really captures the personality of the living paradox of teenage years: self-loathing and desire to fit in while, at the same time, looking down at peers for being so "normal'. The Edge of Seventeen does this while subverting the cliches of coming of age films and hitting that self-deprecating/sardonic humor that's been missing from teen films.
It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker's subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.
There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…