Thirst
VAMPanorama
South Korea 2009, 133 min, Dir: Park Chan-wook
Korean w/ Subtitles
Screenings:
  • Monday April 20, 2015 at 7:00PM
  • Thursday April 23, 2015 at 9:30PM

Sang-hyun, the hero of Park Chan-wook’s Thirst is many things: a Roman Catholic priest; a selfless volunteer in a dangerous medical experiment; a reluctant faith healer with a cult following; a vampire. Thirst itself is equally protean. It is a bloodstained horror movie, a dark comedy, a noirish psychodrama of crime and punishment, a melodrama of mad love, a freehanded literary adaptation (of Émile Zola’s Therese Raquin), and, of course, a vampire movie. Sang-hyun, despite his vampirism, clings to a sense of righteousness and decency, even when he becomes infatuated with a young woman, Tae-ju. She is the very image of girlish frailty, until she is ultimately initiated into Sang-hyun’s sanguinary tribe and evolves from ingénue to femme fatale to demon. Elegantly presented servings of sex, gore, and creepy, winking humour blend with moments of intense emotion, a combination that is a hallmark of the director’s oeuvre.

VAMPanorama Passport

Get the VAMPanorama Passport to track your vampiric globetrotting when you see A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and/or What We Do in the Shadows.

Present the passport at Let the Right One In and Thirst to receive a $3 discount on one regular admission to one screening of each film – and be initiated into the pantheon of the cinematic undead!


This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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