Parasite ★★★★½

Bong Joon-ho’s marvelously frisky Palme d'or winner takes most persistent preoccupation – class warfare – and sifts it through the con artist comedy with the deft sleight of hand of, well, a con artist. It begins with a family of unapologetic hustlers, working a variety of low-stakes and low-reward scams, until one stumbles into a wealthy family that might as well have “MARK” posted over their front door. They each manage to worm their way into that door, and they’re ruthless about it (the director isn’t afraid of futzing with the likability factor that’s traditionally a key to con movies), and, well, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. The class commentary isn’t subtle – though there’s an argument to be made, and I’ve made it, that these aren’t particularly subtle times either – but nevertheless, the crispness of his compositions and the confidence of the camera movements makes this an unrelenting, wild, sometimes cringe-inducing ride.