Pieta

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Time Out says

Mon Sep 10 2012

The world – well, a tiny fraction of it – last saw South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (‘The Isle’) in ‘Arirang’ – a semi-autobiographical doc in which he appeared to be having a breakdown. Now he’s back in action, and this grisly story tells of a sadistic money lender who mellows when a woman claiming to be his long-lost mother enters his life and offers him sexual pleasure. But so determined is Kim to shock that it’s hard to take him seriously. The jury at the 2012 Venice Film Festival clearly disagreed and gave him the hugely prestigious Golden Lion.

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UK release:

Fri Sep 6, 2013

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Kim Ki-Duk

Screenwriter:

Kim Ki-Duk

Editor:

Kim Ki-Duk

Cast:

Cho Min-soo, Lee Jung-jin

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marek

Dear All, I have to say I found this film very changeable. It started out as a very violent, grisly thriller. However, about halfway through, it changed tack. It became more of a study of mothers and sons, and as such, I liked the film a fair amount. True, it is not for everyone, and it is depressing fare. At the same time, it does give an insight into the mother-son relationship. I would recommend it, but only for serious fans, Marek

frederick

I have to agree (rare though this is) with the reviewer. I have seen many of Kim Ki Duk's works and this film is cinematic blasphemy! What I find remarkable is the mild vitriol one receives if we do not like a Korean film! Duk (for me) has always been somewhat overrated: just a tad pretentious and Pieta is the most worrying of the lot. See it by all means. I am sure if you are a virgin to his work this may well impress you. But for those of us who are familiar with his games that impression of being impressed soon turns into annoyance. I hated it!

Marie Zajacova

Let me address the TimeOut first: Is it possible that this review was written by the same person who misread Stoker? It would be nice if TimeOut tried a bit harder to find some critics who would at least slightly understand and appreciate Asian cinema to review Korean movies. I don't mind criticism, but this sounds well ignorant, biased and not least constructive. Anyway, for those who are Kim Ki-duk's fans Pieta is a treat! The cast and script is minimal, as you'd expect, but the performances are stunning. The movie is visually beautiful and story-wise remarkable. It's so simple, yet so full on. And although the film is gloomy and disturbing, it is also calm and encouraging. If the TimeOut's verdict is 'trying too hard' then let's hope that there will be more directors in the future trying as hard as this.

Marie Zajacova

Let me address the TimeOut first: Is it possible that this review was written by the same person who misread Stoker? It would be nice if TimeOut tried a bit harder to find some critics who would at least slightly understand and appreciate Asian cinema to review Korean movies. I don't mind criticism, but this sounds well ignorant, biased and not least constructive. Anyway, for those who are Kim Ki-duk's fans Pieta is a treat! The cast and script is minimal, as you'd expect, but the performances are stunning. The movie is visually beautiful and story-wise remarkable. It's so simple, yet so full on. And although the film is gloomy and disturbing, it is also calm and encouraging. If the TimeOut's verdict is 'trying too hard' then let's hope that there will be more directors in the future trying as hard as this.