Real people and relationships generally never resolve into neatly tied up stories. And especially not with traumas felt after abandonment, which can manifest into entrenched and self-destructive obsessions. Our obsessions can blind and untether us to the anchors that really matter, casting us and our loved ones into a whirlwind of chaos and disruption. Haunted personal histories can be repressed, but never entirely sealed. It only takes one lapse to reopen old wounds. But we learn to live with them, acutely aware at some irreconcilable problems that may await.
A gruelling journey of survival against all odds and the struggle for freedom, with some powerful mise-en-scene. Weir's approach is quite physical, focusing on the realities of survival in the wilderness and the physiological toll of relentless trekking, but balanced out with a sensitive portrayal of mortality and human frailty. The film has some images that are quite haunting - an extreme telephoto of blurred silhouettes walking through a mirage, a lightshaft falling onto a fallen statue and the motifs…
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On the second viewing, I gained an even greater appreciation of how well Parasite delivers on all its ambitions. Bong Joon Ho somehow manages to incorporate trickle down economics into a tension-creating narrative twist and a source of horror. The reveal of the husband in the underground bunker is played out almost like a moment of horror from the perspective of Choong-sook and her family. The audience is disturbed by the maniacal tendency of the husband to worship Mr Park…
Parasite deserves all the praise that it’s getting. It is a triumph of socially-aware storytelling, genre bending filmmaking and biting social satire that delivers on all its promises. Bong Joon-ho has an excellent use of geography to visually symbolise the class divisions, almost from the first 5 minutes. The dialogue is absolutely loaded with sharp, insightful black humour. Some of the motifs, especially one involving a smell is so perfectly conceived of that it illustrates the notion of social divisions…