DECISION TO LEAVE (MIFF 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

It’s been six years since Park Chan-wook swept audiences away with his lush, seductive The Handmaiden, but his recent Cannes Best Director award for his latest film Decision to Leave shows it was well worth the wait. A Hitchcockian crime thriller/romance right down to its core, all the signature traits that have wooed audiences around the world to the master Korean filmmakers work and garnered him the reputation as one of the best directors working in cinema today here abound. Elegant cinematography, complex characters and a curious tonal tug-of-war between a range of different emotions are again at the helm here in this tale of a homicide investigator who falls in love with a murder suspect.

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