, South Korean production run by Bong Joon-ho, tells the story of the Kim family, who lives in extreme poverty, doing small jobs to survive. When the youngest of the family is appointed to teach English to the daughter of a wealthy businessman, the family sees an opportunity for an economic escalation. As the story unfolds, the Kim are able to fully enter the life of the Park, providing their services and enjoying the secondary comforts that are now at their fingertips.
The film is a fun drama that portrays social inequality in a clear way, yet without pointing out the culprits for the problem. The scenes of differences in the routine of the two families make the viewer reflect on the subject and feel uncomfortable, like a silent exchange of messages between the film and the audience. The characteristics of the characters are shaped by the goals of life and social environment in which they find themselves, which facilitates the identification of the viewer with the roles that each fulfills.
The purposefully confused narrative is completed by the communication between the scenes, which talk to each other through small signs. The framings are made according to the momentary feeling of the plot, which hour immerses the audience in the story and time separates them, as if discovering a reality far from the one they live in. The technical details can be interpreted for logical or profound reasons, which reflect the experience and feelings of the characters: the sound in the Kim family’s tiny house is muffled, while the Park house has an echo, due to the size and emptiness of the place.
In, the genres mix with each other, comedy, drama and suspense happen in a mixed way, sometimes even in the same scene. What gives the audience a greater sense of reality, of imitation of life, in which the viewer feels entertained, confused, distressed and anguished in consecutive moments. And this immersion that the film passes to those who watch it causes an enormous reflection on the contrasts that exist in society, perhaps bursting – for a brief moment – the social bubble of those who are seated in the armchair of a cinema located in an upper class neighborhood of the city. City.
presents a story in which there is no one to direct the hatred or the crowd, all the characters are confined in their own individual worlds, without being able to understand the needs of the other. There is no personified villain, what causes the conflicts in the film is not someone but the events that unfold in an unequal society. In the end, the film leaves the questions, “Is there a culprit? Is there a way to change? Why? It is like?”.
By Fernanda Ming – Speak! Anhembi Morumbi