Film Criticism “Decision to Leave”: The obsession of a forbidden romance

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By Juan Marin

Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook is a Midas of cinema, turning everything he directs into gold. An extremely violent revenge trilogy in which he finds himself oldboy, his best film; a gore tape about vampires (thirst) and an erotic period psychological thriller about lesbians (The Handmaiden). They are all masterpieces in their respective genres. Now, with his new film, he dazzles us again with the magic of cinematographic language.

Decision to Leave is a police and romantic thriller. The story centers on a detective who becomes obsessed with the main suspect in the murder of her husband. A labyrinthine and powerful plot. It retains the essential features of the director, but with greater finesse. It does not fall into the morbid, nor in exaggerated scenes of blood as has been his custom. This is completely different. It is much calmer than his previous works.

Visually the tape is beautiful. It has a beautiful and great photography. Images of mountains, the sea, landscapes that look like paintings. That is why the eye that the director has to capture each shot is impressive. Every shot is perfectly detailed, Park Chan-wook has a methodical subtlety in filming what is necessary to carry out this type of film.

The tape is not just romantic, it is much more than that. It catches you and plunges you into its depth. It has Hitchcock mystery mixed with Wong Kar-Wai romance. A mystery packed with easy plot twists coupled with a forbidden romance. All this accompanied with a small dose of light humor and the meticulous and artistic direction of the Korean.

A haunting romance filled with mysterious sequences and superb quality cinematic shots. It is a noir between retro and modern, it reminds a bit of Vertigo from Hitchcock. Like the British filmmaker, Park Chan-wook simply knows how to handle suspense. He is an intelligent filmmaker who moves you, keeps you tense, deceives you, makes you appreciate and fall in love with the seventh art. if we talk about Decision to Leave we are talking about cinema. It is a memorable and complex melodramatic thriller. You will be surprised as the movie progresses. It has a unique elegance to tell the story.

This film was highly acclaimed at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Park Chan-wook won the Best Director award. It was nominated for best foreign film at the Golden Globes, at the Critics Choice Awards and will surely be nominated for the Oscars. It could be described as one of the best films of 2022 and with this beauty Park Chan-wook is classified as one of the best filmmakers of the century. Korean cinema is unstoppable, it still continues to make the world talk.


Original title: heojil kyolshim

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Script: Jeong Seo-gyeong, Park Chan-wook

Production: Moho Films, CJ Entertainment

Photography: Kim Ji-yong

Cast: Park Hae-il, Tang Wei…

Year: 2022

Duration: 138 min.

Country: South Korea

Distributor: Diamond Films

Available: In theaters

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