I Saw the Devil is the next logical step for revenge films. It is not always fun to watch, but it is not meant to be. The film takes the drive for revenge, and showcases it in its purest, most visceral form. It is a well choreographed, brutal film that has something worthwhile to say about revenge stories.
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A beautiful, aching love story. It compresses time with Marzia while lingering on time spent with Olivier, demonstrating the true love between them. It captures universal moments of the awkwardness of young love, like being uncomfortable about Olivier's massage, while also demonstrating the societal pressures that made the relationship difficult despite loving parents. The motif of classical statues emphasizes the presence of the male body in this movie, and its conspicuous lack in other films. The human form was…