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About the Movie
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring; 3-Iron). In this intense and haunting story, a loan shark living an isolated and lonely existence uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. He proficiently and mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes his countless victims. One day, a mysterious woman appears in front of him claiming to be his long-lost mother. After coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life and decides to quit his cruel job and seek a decent, redemptive life. However, he soon discovers a dark secret stemming from his past and realizes it may be too late to escape the horrific consequences already set in motion from his previous life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 52
- Fresh: 38
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Filled with feisty women and cowering men, "Pieta" twists human emotions into pretzels of perversion.
Fresh: Expectedly gruesome in some of its details. But it's the explicitness about capitalism's emotional wreckage that gives this micro-budgeted drama a gut-punch heft.
Fresh: Kim offers no easy answers, and never backs away from the toughness of the questions, in a film that's ugly in both its material and its presentation.
Rotten: Kim intends a parable about capitalism run amok, which is about as subtle as a wrecking ball aimed at the World Bank.
It is awesome.
A brilliant, dark masterpiece…
about a mothers love for her son. Amazing. It is dark, it is shocking & it is graphic. It is also worth your time to experience.
Paaaaaa TThhhhhh eeeee tttt iiii c. Who ever gave this writer, director and producer accolades needs to have a mental health evaluation... Save your time... i rate it a "0" out of 10