And you should too, as soon as you can. Even though I read the book that it came from (“Fingersmith”), I was still blown away by the director’s interpretation of it. Plus, there were enough changes from the source material that I still managed to be surprised at a couple things. It’s quite graphic in a couple different ways, and some of the love scenes are very obviously filmed in a ‘male gaze’ kind of way, and yet the focus is 100% on female gratification and empowerment and even shows all male desires in a negative light.

 

In case anyone here hasn’t heard of it, the basic plot is about a professional thief who conspires with an art forger to go undercover as a maid for a rich woman in order to bilk her out of her fortune. To say anything more would spoil the movie, but trust me: that plot outline barely begins to cover what goes on.

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It was playing in an independent theatre in my city, so hopefully it is elsewhere too. If it matters, it’s in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles.