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Culture Maven review: "Okja"


Film Review and podcast by c d kaplan

Sometimes you get more than you bargained for when watching a film.

Given our peculiar and perilous times, I was in need of something soft and cuddly. An escape.

So I got around to watching the heralded Bong Joon Ho’s tale of a young girl and her large pet pig. It was released to much acclaim in 2017.

What appeared was frankly a good deal more than a bucolic and tender children’s fable.

Corporate greed. Do-gooders who will go to any means to achieve their ends.

Several most disagreeable characters, portrayed by Tilda Swinton — she plays twins — and Paul Dano.

There is indeed sweet. But there’s also dark and foreboding. For me, a certain discombobulation ensued while watching.

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