“Parasitism is a form of biological interaction, generally of a trophic nature, between two species of organisms, one of which is called a“ parasite ”and the other a“ host ”. Unlike mutualistic symbiosis, the parasite gains an advantage at the expense of the host, creating biological damage ".
A slap in the face. Like when someone tries to wake you from numbness, as a reaction to an unexpected gesture. Like when Jane Fonda announces that yours it is the first foreign language feature to take home the Oscar for best film.
Bong Joon-ho it hits and this time it hits hard. After the half misstep of Okja, 2017 film by Netflix, the South Korean director finds the perfect center with P, crowning with 4 Oscars (Film, Direction, Screenplay, International Film) a literally triumphant ride, which started last year with the Palme d'Or in Cannes as "best film" and then continued with Golden Globe, BAFTA and another kilometric list of awards.
The latest effort of the author of Snowpiercer, the spectator drops into a cross-section as absurd as it is in today's Seoul newspaper, telling a story of social confrontation between two families of different classes.
“On the evolutionary scale, the parasite does not necessarily identify with a primitive organism with respect to the host. Parasitism is in fact in many cases a sort of biological specialization that leads to a secondary involution ”.
Seoul. Our days. The Kim family, composed of father, mother and two children (male and female), lives in a basement, forced to go on with difficulty, living on small-paid jobs and small jobs. Thanks to a friend's recommendation and false credentials, Kim's son manages to get hired by the Park, a wealthy family, as an English tutor for their eldest daughter. Once he enters their home, he will gain their trust and get his sister hired as an art therapist for their other son, Da-song. From here on, a daring series of events will trigger which will bring together the stories of two families of completely different backgrounds, in a story with a thousand shades and facets. That will not discount anyone.
In Parasite, the confrontation between social classes is not a cordial handshake or a hard verbal confrontation. It is a tremendous impact between two road trains launched at full speed in opposite directions, until one of them suddenly invades the other lane. A story where the spotlight isn't focused on social criticism, but on the simple humanity of its protagonists with all its innumerable interpretations. There are no good or bad in Bong Joon-ho's script, not in the strict sense of the word. There are only "beautiful" who are sometimes able to provoke disgust once their mask of false perfection has been removed and "ugly" who are able to snatch some smile of sincere understanding, even when they shouldn't. There is no politics, nor the urgent need to moralize, but only the desire to tell a story that manages to progressively change, constantly displacing the viewer and providing him with always different points of view over the course of its 132 minutes.
“The treatment of parasitosis varies according to the responsible pathogen.
This means that in order to properly treat an infectious disease of parasites, it is essential to trace the precise triggering cause ".
Parasite is the story of a paradox. The vicissitudes of something that should not be in a certain place, but that exists and exploits the resources that suddenly surround it. With all its inevitable consequences.
And Bong Joon-ho manages to stage it perfectly, unraveling skillfully among a vast corollary of genres without basically binding to anyone, initially writing a bitter-tasting comedy, then a family drama with ironic implications, passing through one strange but intelligent carousel where the viewer has to do is enjoy a series of thriller, pulp and horror tastings presented in gourmet format.
Parasite is a jar full of candies of various flavors. Some very good, some (actually most) highly unpleasant. But paradoxically the latter will be the ones you like the most, convincing you to eat them one after the other, without knowing exactly why, until you get to the bottom of the container, where you will find the last one.
A unique candy that will expertly mix the tastes of the previous ones, leaving you satisfied with having done away with the whole jar without any sense of guilt.