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Film at glór with Access Cinema: Decision to Leave ((Heojil Kyolshim)

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Directed by Park Chan-Wook| Drama | South Korea, 2022 | 15A |138 mins │ SUBTITLED

When a man falls to his death from a mountain, detective Hae-joon is assigned to the case. The victim’s beautiful and enigmatic wife Seo-rae shows no real distress at the loss of her husband, leading Hae-joon to suspect that this was not just an accident. As he investigates further his interest in Seo-rae becomes something more – an attraction that seems to be reciprocated.

The latest from Korean director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) has been compared to the work of Hitchcock, but Park brings a flair to this suspense thriller that is all his own. This is elegant, stylish and intriguing filmmaking, which also feels modern and innovative. And the delicious plot twists will have you guessing to the very end.

Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2022

The erotic connection in Decision To Leave may be more demure than that of The Handmaiden; the crime world depicted less visceral than that of Old Boy, but this picture demonstrates that, even without the extreme shock tactics of some of his earlier work, Park can craft a deeply satisfying and potentially commercial thriller. 

Wendy Ide, Screen International, Cannes Film Festival 2022

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s a gorgeously and grippingly made picture and Tang Wei is magnificent.”   The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2022

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