First Look | Pietà


Another foreign movie generating plenty of buzz is the award-winning intense and haunting South Korean film, Pietà.

The film tells the story of Kang-do is a heartless man who has no living family members and whose job is to threaten debtors to repay his clients, the loan sharks who demand a 10x return on a one month loan. To recover the interest, the debtors would sign an insurance for handicap, and Kang-do would injure the debtors brutally to file the claim.

One day he receives a visit from a strange, middle-aged woman claiming she is his long-lost mother. Over the following weeks, the woman stubbornly follows him and he continues to do his job. But he is slowly moved and changed by the motherly love expressed from this woman.

Pietà made history winning the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, becoming the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals — Venice, Cannes and Berlin.

Check out a clip from the film below: