It took 92 Oscar ceremonies for a film not written in English to win Best Picture, so it would have to be something remarkable. Fortunately, the film that shattered that historic taboo, Parasite, is one-of-a-kind.
South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho wrote and directed Parasite (winning Best Director and Best Screenplay as well), which now has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you missed it in theaters in 2020 (understandable given world circumstances), you’ll be happy to know that it will be available on Netflix this week on November 2 (US moviegoers should try Max). That should keep any snobbish pals at bay for a while.
You’re unlikely to have seen anything like Parasite before, with its unusual premise and more than its fair dose of black comedy. People may become fussy about foreign-language films, but this one is worth a go.
The story follows two families in Seoul, one wealthy (the Park family) and one poor (the Kim family). After Kim’s son Ki-Woo connives his way into teaching Park’s affluent daughter, it’s not long until the entire family is using whatever means necessary to secure comparable employment among the house’s workers. Despite the language barrier, there is something common about riches and jealousy that makes for an engaging narrative.
Much more would ruin some of the most memorable cinematic sequences of the twenty-first century, but it’s pretty much required watching for film aficionados. If you’ve watched it previously, it’s certainly worth seeing again, especially since a TV spin-off is supposedly in the works.
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