The Farewell contrasts Chinese and Western cultural values when a New York-based Chinese family return to the homeland to farewell the beloved terminally ill matriarch, who is unaware of her grim diagnosis. A funny, poignant, and ultimately uplifting dramedy.
Amazing Grace is an “instant” classic of the music doco genre, featuring a rhapsodic live gospel performance by Aretha Franklin at the height of her powers in 1972 (“instant” because the film has only just been released due to technical and legal issues – O happy day!).
Parasite is a social satire focusing on class divisions in Korean society that starts as a well-managed comedy of manners before a jarring change in tone and genre take it off on a tangent. Never less than intriguing, but the radical gear switch compromises its coherence.