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Pieta Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2014
The overwhelming dramatic strength of this gut-wrenching tale of revenge makes us forgive its undeniable lack of subtlety (especially regarding its social and political ambitions) and its absurdly amateurish direction (the awful zooms and camera movements).
January 31, 2014
2012 69th Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion
2012 32nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Film Best Director - Kim Ki-duk
Best Actress - Jo Min-su
2012 49th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress - Jo Min-su Special Jury Prize - Kim Ki-duk
2012 Korean Popular Culture and Art Awards Eun-gwan Order of Cultural Merit - Kim Ki-duk Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit - Jo Min-su Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit - Lee Jung-jin
2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Screen International Jury Grand Prize - Jo Min-su
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film
2012 2nd Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation's Beautiful Artist Awards
Grand Prize - Kim Ki-duk
2012 Korean Art Critics' Conference Best Artist Award - Kim Ki-duk
2012 Women in Film Korea Awards Best Technical Award - Park In-young (music director)
2012 Satellite Awards Best Foreign Language Film
2012 9th Dubai International Film Festival Best Director (Muhr AsiaAfrica) - Kim Ki-duk 2012 Korea Film Actor's Association Lifetime Achievement Award - Kim Ki-duk Achievement Award - Jo Min-su Achievement Award - Lee Jung-jin
2013 KOFRA Film Awards (Korea Film Reporters Association) Best Film of 2012
Best Actress - Jo Min-su
2013 Fantasporto Director's Week Best Film Best Actress - Jo Min-su
2013 Asian Film Awards People's Choice for Favorite Actress - Jo Min-su
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2014
The lead character is a cruelly exploiting character who lends money to the needful with the condition to return 10 times of it within a given period or turns them into a cripple and fetches their insurance money. However, things begin to change when a woman comes into picture claiming to be his mother. Slowly, but gradually he's convinced that she's his mother. What follows is just as predictable. The problem here is that the movie lacks in emotions, performances, and its brutal but ineffective story. It's just a ~100 minutes ride staring at different slums.
January 14, 2014
The title and overall theme are disconnected from the heart of the movie which comes off a "shocker" film. Good but could have been a better film, it has a Quentin Tarantino feel to it. Gritty and tragic yet profound and unforgettable. True to all the postings this film's a hit-or-miss. Glad it wasn't! Well-deserved Venice award.
½ January 10, 2014
"Pieta may seem to have some holes in the storyline or awkwardness in it's acting (same facial expression throughout the entire movie.) But do not expect this movie to give you enough explanation. And to sit through this film you have to endure scenes of rape, torture, incest, and some gore. You do need a fairly good stomach to put up with these parts of the story. Love him or hate him. It's difficult to know how to feel at the end of it. Maybe you use your own imagination.."
½ January 6, 2014
One of the least necessary movies ever made, because while it has so much to say it trades that for spectacle and a complete lack of cinematic style. I hate few movies, but this one makes the list.
½ December 27, 2013
very good movie Altho boring at times. could have been amazing if it was done better.
December 24, 2013
Very unusual, awkward and weird, but watchable.
December 18, 2013
Lacks some of the gut-punch of Park Chan-wook or Bong Joon-ho, but Kim Ki-duk's Golden Lion-winning "Pieta" is just as lyrically demented as anything out of Park's "Vengeance" trilogy, and handled with an equal amount of masterful complexity as Bong's so-far watermark "Mother". Certain critics will defy as sadistic sacrilege "Pieta's" theme of violent, purportedly biblical regression (the title refers to a religious artwork in which the Virgin Mary sorrowfully cradles the dead body of Jesus.) Let 'em bitch. Writer-director Kim isn't a filmmaker who lets the status quo be. In somberly piecing together a fraction of a particularly fucked-up family tree, "Pieta" doesn't shy away from the still-wet blood on the leaves. (78/100)
December 8, 2013
Revenge can make you blind
November 17, 2013
A facinating revenge drama..some shoking twist and moments..and some nyc use of sound of silence..
½ October 30, 2013
Steel yourself for intense visuals and visceral reactions throughout this film, described by the director as "delving into the discord of human relations within an extreme capitalist system." It is heavy on the discord with only one character who has redeeming qualities, which speaks volumes about the director's vision of money and greed. It is definitely not for everyone, and it's hard to determine who will find the film worthwhile.
October 29, 2013
Cold, sadistic thriller that didn't really engage my brain. Some stylish, hyper-violent scenes and good performances but I felt I had seen it all before and compared to a slightly similar film, Miike's 'Visitor Q', this one paled in comparison for me.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2013
Fascinating, blackly funny and often disturbing film from Kim Ki-Duk, with larger political and social themes at play in the background, and a parable-like narrative. The film often verges into overwrought melodrama and is not as successful or as satisfying as Ki-Duk's more subtle 3-Iron, but it's visually arresting, nicely acted and pleasingly bizarre in places.
October 22, 2013
Worthy of its numerous awards. "One of the more delicately crafted character studies of modern cinema, and a testament to the talent of director Kim Ki-duk, who continues to shock and astound in equal measure." "[He] crafts a quietly powerful, character-driven morality tale [...] about the relationship[s] between mother and son [,] money and happiness." "This is a grisly fable that never goes where we expect it to. And it has some important things to say about both revenge and sacrifice." More touching and gross than The Isle.
½ October 22, 2013
Above average dark revenge movie. Contain a rape scene and some off screen violence. Kind of slow at time but worth a watch.
October 20, 2013
There are things you'd never do your mother and she you. This Korean movie went there. No pretense at being subtle here --its sadism in the rawest form and some scenes will remain with you forever...watch it if you dare.
October 8, 2013
In this tale of motherhood and transformation, a depraved loan shark who cripples those who cannot pay their debts finds his world turned upside down when his mother seeks him after 30 years. Coldly rejecting her at first, he bonds with her and tries to get back the childhood he never got. Quitting his job, he finds his past coming back to haunt him in this grim film about revenge and nature vs. nurture. The acting is solid and the story is tight, and one of Kim ki-Duk's best.
October 5, 2013
Dark and nasty. A little too slow and brooding.
September 27, 2013
What wouldn't a mother do for her child.. or to others'. A brutal loan shark grown without his mother finally gets to meet one and softens up, only to find out that revenge is a bitch. In true Korean revenge movie style happy endings are something that happens to other people (well, kind of to the lead character as well, but not in a way you might expect.)
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