Review in Brief: Decision to Leave (2022)

Park Chan-wook’s latest is less extreme than the films he’s most famed for (that’s the Vengeance Trilogy, particularly OLDBOY for most audiences) but is just as dazzlingly stylish and intriguing to unpack, a good deal sexier (OK, not sexier than THE HANDMAIDEN) and more emotionally heightened for good measure. An insomniac, obsessive Busan detective (Park Hae-il) becomes fascinated with a woman suspected of murdering her husband (Tang Wei) who seems to be keeping tabs on him in turn and the two embark on an ill-advised affair. You know the relationship is bad news from the start, but you are compelled by it nonetheless. The imagery doesn’t need to be explicit to make your stomach lurch and the whole thing has this gallows humour running through and punctuating all the affairs, deception and intrigue. How did this not even receive a nomination at the Oscars? SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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