Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pietà 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Filled with feisty women and cowering men, "Pieta" twists human emotions into pretzels of perversion.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 05.16.2013
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.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 05.16.2013
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.Keith Phipps, NPR, 05.16.2013
This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, 05.16.2013