Film Screening: Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022)
Introduced by Dr. Jung-Min Mina Lee (AMES)
Busan detective Hae-joon finds that he's increasingly obsessed with a puzzling new case: a middle-aged businessman has mysteriously fallen to his death during a rock climbing expedition. Upon discovering photos of his abused wife, a Chinese national named Seo-rae, Hae-joon begins to suspect it wasn't an accident, all the while becoming emotionally and erotically drawn to her. From this Hitchcockian situation, director Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") weaves a swelling, expanding, ever more complex tale about a possible black widow and the investigator who just might be fashioning his own web. One of Park's most enveloping and accomplished thrillers, which earned him the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, "Decision to Leave" is a constantly surprising, elegantly constructed film that builds in power to a truly haunting denouement.
"At the peak of his powers, full of wit and melancholy, Park Chan-wook creates the platonic ideal of the romantic, elaborate noir thriller." - Variety
"With this seductive, serpentine neo-noir, Park Chan-wook raises the bar... and reasserts his position as a peerless visual stylist." - ScreenDaily
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