Real to Reel: Parasite

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Certificate15
Year2019
GenreDrama, Thriller
DirectorBong Joon Ho
WritersBong Joon Ho, Han Jin-won
LanguageKorean, English
CountrySouth Korea
Running Time2HR 12MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

From the imagination of Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), this blackly comic thriller finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world. Followed by a short talk by Dr Jonathan Heaney (Sociology, QUB).

The Kims are living a marginal life when their son fakes his way into becoming the English tutor for the ultra-wealthy Park family. Soon all four of the family members have roles in their hyper-stylish modern home, having used every dirty trick in the book. But the house hides secrets that are way outside the Kim’s scheme. 

Winning 4 Oscars including Best Picture and the most successful Palme d’Or winner ever, Parasite is what happens when the have-nots have their day. A deliciously fun poisoned cocktail of dark humour, social satire, and perfect set pieces, this gripping thriller is a sensational experience that keeps surprising to its last drop.

The screening will be followed by a short talk by Dr Jonathan Heaney briefly highlighting the sociological themes of the film, such as poverty, inequality, and the dynamics of social class.

Real to Reel: Film and Social Life is a monthly sociological cinema series presented in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University.