Plot: A crook and a pickpocket conspire to rob a rich lady of her fortune.
This was recommended by Cory, likely one of the most challenging and strangest things he's ever thrown my way. It's the latest dark and twisty drama from Chan-Woo Park, and I think it might be his best. It's hard for me to name something specific about it that is completely original or innovative, but as a whole, it feels completely original and innovative.
I don't want to say much about the characters or the plot, and that's for two reasons. First, I'm lazy. Second, the less you know going in, the more I think this will work for you. There's some violence and some kink, and that's all I really feel like saying about that.
Park organizes the story in a way that enhances the characters' relationships and interactions. It's told in three chapters. The first two overlap and are from two different characters' perspectives while the third wraps things up. Again, it's not a wholly original structure although I can't think right now of another movie that does exactly this. And I definitely can't recall a movie that does it this effectively.
I also love what Park does with the camera. It swoops, almost constantly. Sometimes, those swoops are seductive, sometimes they're haunting, and sometimes they're mysterious. It's always visually poetic, and the sumptuous setting of this mansion, the lighting and colors, and the nipples are visuals you just want to completely absorb.
Man, I'm glad I found that poster up there. I thought I was going to have to use the more normal one with the four characters just standing around. I also really liked this one: