When contemplating which film to watch and review I was torn between Parasite and The Farewell. My boyfriend said he would watch Parasite with me and alas that was the deciding factor! Parasite opens with socks hang drying on a light - we then get introduced to the Kim family who live in a semi-basement apartment in Korea. We soon learn that they are a thick as thieves family fighting the daily struggles of poverty and scraping by with little to no means.
The son, Ki-woo is given an opportunity to tutor the daughter of a well off family, the Parks. He grasps the opportunity and soon sees this as an opportunity to not only benefit himself financially, but also the rest of the Kim family. He gets his sister a job as an art therapy teacher, who gets his dad hired as their driver, and the mom hired as a housekeeper. The first half of the film is a lot of character building and key developments involving the Parks' keen sense of smell when it comes to the Kim families characters. In the latter half, we discover a huge plot twist and it's a downward spiral from there. I don't want to spoil the ending!
Without giving too much away, the film relates to many discussions we've had in this course about higher classes having power over those less fortunate. While the Parks are a very gullible and naive family to what is happening in their day to day lives, they also weren't afraid to flaunt their wealth in the faces of others. Whenever they needed one of their staff (a.k.a. the Kim family) to do something it wasn't a negotiation. They just threw more money at them and exppected them to drop everything to do what they asked.
While the film is not appropriate for students, I do feel clips and bits could be used for it to have a variety of class discussions including comapre and contrast Asian vs. American families, and/or hierarchies of classes.