The Handmaiden (2016)

“You can even curse at me or steal things from me. But please don’t lie to me. Understand?” – Lady Hideko

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman hired to be the Handmaiden for an aristocratic woman doesn’t seem to actually be who she claims to be.

My Take on it – As many of you probably already know, I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films and do all I can to try and avoid them.

I heard about this film when it came out but due to the fact that the film is entirely in Korean and Japanese, I avoided it.

Since I’m now trying to expand my knowledge of world cinema, I decided to try and tackle this one.

This is a film that works best when you have absolutely no prior knowledge of what the film is about.

The premise itself works quite well and that has a lot to do with the fact that the story is filled with lots of twists, turns and intrigue the whole way through.

The way that they show certain key scenes of the film from various perspectives helps us find a way to understand everything that is going on, in most cases better than the various characters themselves as things are slowly revealed to us.

The best thing about this film is the ingenious way that they convince us of certain things and then constantly change the truth over and over yet we keep believing the new facts also even if we are now suspicious of it changing again.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that works largely because of the intrigue involved in the whole story. The way that they show certain scenes from various perspectives helps us get a much better understanding of what is truly going on as it is slowly revealed to us. The best part about this film is that they are easily able to keep convincing us what the truth is and then it once again shifts and things are all up for grabs again.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the actor Jung-woo Ha, as Count Fujiwara is a Con Man, he has proficiency in lies and deceit. However, one way to see his intentions is by the language he’s speaking. He speaks Japanese when he’s lying but speaks his native Korean when telling the truth. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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