An organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense. In Bong Joon-ho’s Korean film Parasite, the word is personified by the social distortion of the wealthy upper class and the people that work for them. A South Korean family struggles to make ends meet and needs to figure out a way to survive. Confined by the social hierarchy of culture, status, and education the Kim clan finds a way to climb to the top. The premise may sound predictable and one note but Bong Joon-ho captures the Kim clans hustle with such originality and wit that you will be thoroughly entertained. Absurdity ensues frame by frame at such natural pace by the time the plot unfurls you’re left on the edge of your seat with such unforeseeable suspense. In a way its feels much like a slow pressure cooker, scene by scene as it casually lays the framework for the extremely high tensions that arise as the Kim clan climbs up the social ladder.
Parasite is a definitive award season contender as it excels in its screenplay, cinematography and editing.
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