The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden ★★★★½

Reveal after reveal, hiding information in plain sight through superb editing. Erotic thriller with sinister black leather gloves aside, The Handmaiden might just surpass I'm a Cyborg as Park Chan Wook's most heartfelt attempt at a love story, bizarre, yes; perverted, yes, but there are scenes so thoroughly soaked with genuine happiness you can't help but grin like an idiot. Even long after Park Chan Wook had fully matured as a director, he's still toying with scene transitions -- never forget: the most magnificent transition from Stoker. Watch as the magician turns hair into grass right before our eyes -- turns out, he still has a few tricks up his sleeves and the results are

d e l i c i o u s.

Can't wait to think about this film all day tomorrow.

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