In early work of maverick filmmaker Roland Klick, Jimmy Orpheus is a subversion of the typical love story, one in which Klick employs his soon-to-be signature anarchic style to evoke a poetic, singular construction of a familiar archetype - boy meets girl. Klick's film's always project a sense of rebelliousness, whether that be through formalism or structuralism, and given the intrinsic nature of Jimmy Orpheus, being one of his earlier works, the film exudes a sense of experimentation. Klick operates in a space which feels free of rules or pretense, his style coalescing well with its narrative of potential love between a dock worker and a prostitute. These professions are often regulated to the fringes of polite society, disassociated with the "purity" of love. Whether this is a bi-product of puritanical impulse, the ruling class, etc. seems not something Klick is interested in, instead highlighting the problem, placing no pretense on understanding why.
A precise, diabolical romp, one in which Joon-ho Bong's tonal mastery over narrative storytelling infused with socio-political commentary is thoroughly displayed. On-par with his superior earlier work, Parasite ability to exhibit the labyrinths which extreme wealth creates within the psyche of any individual who possesses it is probably the film's most singular and incisive observation, recognizing that it doesn't intrinsically come from malice or any nefarious nature but from implicit ignorance in regards to the systemic nature of repression. The pacing is exquisite and Bong's narrative designs masterfully subvert and engage the audience from start-to-finish with a critique of inequality and injustice which manages to oscillate between various tones with elegance, culminating with finale that lands towards melancholy. Offers what feels like a sardonic finale in response to the state of the world, one sculpted by social & financial capital which arguably distorts humanity's sense of empathy on a sociological level.
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