By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, this pitch-black modern fairytale—nominated for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards for Best Director (Bong Joon Ho) and Best Foreign Language Film—showcases a contemporary filmmaking master at the top of his game.
The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at LPCA returns for its sixth year (for the first time as a Friday-only series) with a richly multilayered work by celebrated film director Bong Joon Ho that many critics and awards organizations are hailing as the best film of 2019. PARASITE received the top award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival—the Palme d’Or—and is considered by at least some industry observers to be a leading contender for a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nomination, as well as a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination.
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—leading the Kims to sense a golden opportunity.
Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, respectively, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll the Kims’ 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.
By affording Bong Joon Ho the opportunity to bring his singular mastery home to Korea, this pitch-black modern fairytale—which alternates between the darkly hilarious and the heart-wrenching—showcases a contemporary filmmaking master at the top of his game.
Rated R (for language, some violence and sexual content) • runtime: 2 hrs., 12 mins.