Pieta review

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Korean arthouse don Kim Ki-duk ( Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… And Spring ) picked up last year’s Golden Lion in Venice for this bleak drama, but sadly Pieta just isn’t up to scratch.

The premise – a man’s (Lee Jung-jin) life is invaded by a woman (Cho Min-soo) claiming to be the mother who abandoned him as an infant – feels rich with possibilities, but most of them go unrealised.

Cracks emerge as the film takes a baroque direction, taking a mishandled turn into Jacobean revenge tragedy.

But as the intensity ramps up, Pieta skews more towards silliness than shock.

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