Cert: 16

Parasite

Ki-taek is the head of a family of tricksters, who live in a run-down basement flat. By chance, son Ki-woo is recommended to provide private English lessons to the teenage daughter of the wealthy Park household. It isn’t long before Ki-woo has devised a plan to use this opportunity to his family’s best advantage…

Director Bong Joon-ho has described his film as “a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains” - to reveal anything more would do the viewer a disservice. On the surface Parasite appears to be a black comedy about class struggle, but as the story shifts quickly to become at turns dark, hilarious and shocking, this glorious Palme d’Or-winner reveals itself to be so much more.

Winner - Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2019

‘… the near-perfection of this competition entry still takes the breath away.’

★★★★★ Donald Clarke, The Irish Times, Cannes Film Festival 2019

‘… a tense, funny, often brutal social satire … there’s a wonderful specificity to Parasite which makes it such a captivating film: pivoting from hysteria to grotesque on a moment’s notice, it’s bloodthirsy farce.’

Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, Cannes Film Festival 2019
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