Smart enough little flick about patriarchal importance and family roles with Greg Kinnear playing the lead. Some good performances and a really fine scene involving one of the young male actors (Michael Barbieri) and an acting instructor. Didn't pack enough punch in the third act to really seal the deal though.
I read some glowing reviews of this film by notable critics and decided to give it a go. Right from the off, there is this fable / fantasy type feel to it where we see two young boys have a rather difficult but at the same time magical life experience in Kabul, Afghanistan. Flying kites, getting into scrapes, telling stories etc The performances are mostly fine, especially from the two father figure types (Shaun Toub and Homayoun Ershadi) who's transformation…
Once in a while, a film will make you shake yourself down, and it will take hours maybe even a couple of days to get your real self back. This is one of them.
From the very first minutes, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and the rest of the cast just transport you into their world. So much so that you feel like you're sitting in the corner of the room just watching them go about their daily business.
Park Can Wook is in a class of his own. One of the Directors that you just have to see whatever he puts out, because the chances are it's going to be at least "very good".
The Handmaiden is beautiful, erotic, captivating, naughty, perverse, thrilling, tense, twisted and brilliant.
For anybody who likes mindfuck cinema it's a great great film. For anyone who likes Park Chan Wook - it's bliss.