The Film Master91🎬’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Oscar for the best film was awarded to the South Korean film "Parasite", for which its director Bong Jun Ho also won the Oscar, while Joaquin Phoenix was awarded for the best male, and Renee Zellweger for the best female leading role. "I didn't expect to win. I'd rather get a chainsaw, cut this Oscar into five parts and share it with you," Bong pointed out, thanking for the award for best director.
"Parasite" is the first film in history to win both the Best Picture and the Best International Film award, and at the same time it is the first non-English language film to win the Best Picture title.
The film deals with the inequalities between rich and poor strata of Korean society through two connected families. Members of a poor family of four intrigue into a wealthy family and, posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals, infiltrate the household and become entangled in unexpected incidents.
The Ki-tak family of four is very harmonious, even though they live in poverty. Unemployment of all four members slowly leads the family into the abyss, but a glimmer of hope appears when Ki-wu's eldest son is recommended by a friend, a student of a prestigious faculty, for a well-paid job in the house of a wealthy Park family. Arriving at the family of IT experts for an interview, Ki-wu encounters a beautiful young lady. After their first meeting, a continuous series of misunderstandings will be prevented between these two families.
Bong has made several films (including "Snowpiercer" and "Okya"), but "Parasite" is perhaps his boldest examination of the structural inequality that defined the world. Can the poor really just step into the world of the rich? The other half of "Parasite" is one of the boldest things in the film. The film constantly threatens to fall apart - to make one hidden twist too much in a way that sinks the project - but Bong keeps it under control, and the result is astounding.
Still doesn't sound too tempting to you? Maybe, but you are in the hands of a serious master. The way Bong introduces us to these relationships is more than masterful. "Parasite" walks on some edge all the time: it is at the same time an enchanting festival arthouse specimen that deals with social issues, human relations and class struggle, but at the same time it is a tense thriller and at times hilarious black humor comedy and, why not to mention, a very successful commercial film.
"Parasite" carries an incredible dramatic power expressed through black comedy, but also a kind of melancholy with great poetic potential. Throughout the very end of the film, Bong demonstrates this in an incredible way - neither tragedies nor suffering prevent him from terrifying and worrying us in just a few shots and giving us hope. And to make us smile, of course. Maybe family values are destroyed in some way in this film, but the last moments, shown with a black-humored moment, of course, leave us speechless, at least in the first moments.
"Parasite" is a wonderfully entertaining film, but there are also a lot of things going on about how the rich use the poor to survive in various ways. Suffice it to say that the rich in any country survive on the work of the poor, whether they are cleaners, drivers, etc. which they employ, or something much darker. Kim's family will be reminded of that luxury and cruelty of inequality. Great, masterful, unusual. The grade he received on IMDb says it all, and totally deserved it.
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