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Parasite – (dir. Bong Joon Ho)
Orpheum Theater – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 7:00pm
TRT: 132 min
Rating: R (language, some violence, sexual content)
Genre: Drama, International, S. Korea
This film included in Fast Pass admission.
Awards and Festivals: Winner 2019 Palme D’Or Cannes Film Festival, Nominated for 3 Golden Globes, Nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, plus 97 Wins and 110 Nominations overall. The most highly decorated film of 2019.
Film Summary: Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.
What the critics are saying:
Parasite is unquestionably one of the best films of the year.
One of the best movies of 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s latest is a film of dramatic power, innovative comedy, romantic poetry and melancholy beauty.
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Imagine a high-wire act where the acrobat suddenly leaps to a higher wire, then to another that’s higher still. It’s the best way I can think of to describe the giddy thrill of watching Parasite, a masterpiece of serial surprises.
– Wall Street Journal
Let’s just say that by “Parasite’s” conclusion, what started out as a comedy of manners has become a furious snarl of rage and his most arresting social satire yet.
It’s a nearly perfect film, from Bong’s masterful use of framing and visual language and control of a wildly shifting tone to the performances (all terrific) to the commentary on class division.
– Arizona Republic
Bong Joon-ho’s latest masterpiece and the best film I’ve seen so far this year…
– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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