Parasite (2019)

What is true wealth? Money, assets or connections? This is a very dark and complex drama that touches upon life perception from poverty and wealth extremes. A story about class told like never before. Although it would seem like the poor people act as parasites of the rich, it is unclear who the parasite is in this movie.

The protagonist, a poor uneducated Korean teen, gets a break when his friend (a college educated boy) offers him to tutor a young rich girl, while he is abroad. There, he finds that the people in the house are lonely and longing for acceptance. The mother of the rich girl seems clueless and simple, but is she? She seems to hang on to anything and anyone like a parasite for support because she is not good enough for her rich successful husband. At first she seem gullible, but as the family of the protagonist becomes more dependent on the income she provides, her and her husband show who they really are and why they are so lonely.

Despite the unpleasant finds, they decide to continue the charade, until they make a startling discovery. How far is too far for a lie? As they try to escape their moral dilemma, the poor family gets back to their home only to discover that they are in deep shit.

This is the sad story of a lad who tries to survive while taking responsibility for the financial future of his family when his parents completely gave up.

Although it makes me wonder why his friend offered him the job in the first place…

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