The Handmaiden

2017 Korea, Republic of

Screening: 9th March 2020

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From IMDb:

"A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her."

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5
Despite its length I found this film engrossing & quite beautiful. Possibly the sexiest film I've ever seen but loved the story & the twist.
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5
Very appropriate short film. Main film was superb. Very well acted - good story line for an erotic film. Joining the classics I would like to see again.
5
The plot twists were good. Otherwise I'm not really sure what the point of the film was. Maybe the director enjoys girl on girl action!
5
Very grown up!! Learned how lesbians make love! No, really, it was violent, clever and in many ways beautiful. So glad that they got away with it. So happy ending J Exquisite
5
Very unusual. Very erotic but very entertaining.
5
Clever and captivating. I loved how the story was told in 3 parts, with scenes revisited through the lens of new revelations!
5
Superb music, acoustics, plot, location, acting, everything!
5
Great - can't wait to get home!
5
Short was perfect! Beautiful film, great plot, kept me guessing. Looking forward to Parasite.
5
Smart & deceptive
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Kept attention all through - even though it was so long. Well worth it!
4
Absolutely loved the short film!! Main film - wasn't what I was expecting, good twist, did not feel like over 2 hours.
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4
Too long, boring at times. Well acted, beautiful sets.
4
Not quite what I expected. Interesting though.
4
Must be a first for Fleet!
4
Excellent acting. Old Korean story
4
A clever adaptation of the book!
4
Superb plotting and amazing acting.
4
Weird but good; like watching a story from the Marquis de Sade with the soundtrack of Downton Abbey. Great twist.
4
Very clever, telling the story from both sides.
4
Sumptuous sets/costumes/cinematography. Clever plot - very glad women were triumphant! What is it about Korean culture?? Dark side - sexually explicit - strangely enriched film
4
Topical short - great find! The main was a very well produced story with a very good way of delivering "the sting".
4
Mesmerising - exotic, sensual. Beautiful locations, photography. Very watchful but what was the message?
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4
Beautifully filmed but the underlying cruelty neutralised it. Very clever plot that kept you on the edge of your seat. A unique experience visually.
4
Sumptuous yet confusing - at times like the book. Well filmed & acted i.e. v. good cinematography but in the end I didn't care about any of them (as when I read the book). Appreciated the humourous elements but too long.
4
A triple bluff sets Fleet alight. Beautiful, funny, naughty.
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4
Bemused to be honest. Beautifully filmed, but cannot assess it fairly. Unique to be sure.
4
Well done but what a weird film. No expected twists & turns?
4
Wonderfully inventive story line
4
Interesting - cannot cope with the Korean fascination with blood and guts.
4
Was very different and artistic. I didn't know what to make of it until the end. A bit long but enjoyable.
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4
Really surprising! Fabulous film.
4
Exotic and beautiful because of the setting and costumes. And certainly erotic. But a deeply disturbing film - all that male domination, exploitation, cruelty & thirst for pornography. I liked the plot twists - and at least the two women triumphed in the end!
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4
Probably better viewed in private though 2.5 hours of erotic film becomes quite tiring!
3
3
Eighteen rated? I must be getting old!
3
Intriguing plot lines & camera work. Uncomfortable & too long sex scenes though
3
What can one say. Left cinema absolutely flabergasted. Very confusing at times. Will have to read book. Interesting.
3
Brilliant story - too erotic
3
Not the usual film at Fleet Film. However the twists and turns made for an interesting plot.
3
Much too long. Great photography though
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(Surprising choice but have seen it before). Humour (?) quite sensual! Interesting story, pretty bodies but really loved the landscape. Enjoyed the short film a lot.
3
Well, it was erotic all right but just a pretentious way of showing girls having fun. Easy on the eye, though
3
Disturbing & shocking. A bit too graphic for my taste
3
Quite a long film. Interesting subject matter for viewers of a certain age.
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Mesmerising but vile!
3
A bit long. Great pictures
3
Strange
2
Don't have any words?? Clever, but …
2
Different
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Phew