Since its coronation in 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival, Parasite has already been broadcast in the clear on television but has never been available for streaming. This is finally the case on Prime Video. Hooray!
What is it about ?
Ki-taek’s entire family is out of work, and takes a keen interest in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son manages to get recommended to give private English lessons to the Parks. This is the beginning of an uncontrollable spiral, from which no one will truly come out unscathed…
Parasite, a film directed by Bong Joon-ho, written by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won with Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong… Available on Prime Video
The Palme d’Or that makes everyone agree
Critics and audiences are short of raves as soon as Parasite enters the conversation. And for good reason, Bong Joon-ho’s film, despite its very assumed genre of satire, sounds devilishly fair. His description of the social inequalities that plague his country, South Korea, has a universal value like any great film that approaches a subject from the small end of the telescope and propels it into another dimension.
He hits where it hurts with this portrait of two families, placed at the extremes of the social scale: on the one hand, a very wealthy family made up of people who are all undrinkable, adults and children; on the other, a poor family made up of equally unlovable people.
Bong Joon-ho’s direction is full of brilliant ideas. In an incredibly cinematic setting, the Park house – announced in the film as the design of a famous architect even though it is a set built from A to Z for the needs of the film – the filmmaker plays with the notion of verticality throughout history.
From the heights of the house to its basement, passing through the living room table where the action almost climaxes, the South Korean director puts the decor at the service of his screenplay, somewhat following the same principle as in Snowpiercer but with a cruelty which rings truer since here it is not about science fiction. He skillfully cultivates this notion of belittling those who are treated like vermin and destroying those in power.
But beyond its social criticism, Parasite is also a pure enjoyable entertainment of ferocity and black humor. It is a film that is brilliant in its reflection, funny, tense, charming, horrifying and brutal. Parasite undoubtedly ranks among the films to see at least once in your life.