The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden ★★★★★

An easy pick for one of the very best films of the 2010's. But I think it's easy enough for me to say that from all of Park Chan-wook's films, this might be the one that feels like the most fun to revisit. It's the most fun to come back to The Handmaiden solely for its subversions of the male gaze, but also how it toys with how you know the story is unfolding, and just the overall feeling of being like you're being deceived while the women are fully in control of everything that we're made to know about what's going on.

There's a lot of other things that I feel like I could say about this, but above all, it's just so sexy, delicious, tasty, kinky - just about anything I think I could ever want from a movie like this. But even underneath all of those perversions as we see on the screen, The Handmaiden manages to be ever so sweet and lovely too. As far as great queer stories for the screen can go, this is maybe one among the most delightful.

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