Yesterday brought a clip from Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, “Stoker,” and guess what? Today we get another one, all shiny and pretty, still with that new movie smell.
“Stoker” is Park’s most visually ambitious film to date, and that is on full display in this clip, “The Sheriff Comes Calling.” The movie is full to bursting with intricately choreographed shots and set ups, sweeping camera moves, and plays with framing and depth of field in order to mess with your expectations. Not only is all of that readily apparent in this excerpt, it all goes down in a single shot, a single take.
This video encapsulates the slow burning tension, the creepy familial relationships, and strange, uncomfortable vibe that permeates every second of “Stoker.” This is easily the best, most subtly unsettling movie I’ve seen so far this year, and fits in well with Park’s larger body of work, like “Oldboy” and “Thirst.”
After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn. Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
“Stoker” stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney. The film opens in a limited release March 22, with more cities following suit later in the game.
Get more images and videos in our “Stoker” preview page.