Decision to Leave
While investigating a possible murder case, a detective who employs idiosyncratic investigative methods becomes infatuated with the dead man’s beguiling widow – and potential killer – in this lush, mesmerising murder-mystery, with shades of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, from South Korean virtuoso and NZIFF favourite Park Chan-wook, winner of Best Director at Cannes 2022.
Handsome and happily married ace police detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) works the homicide squad in bustling Busan. His wife’s job in the distant seaside town of Ipo means they mainly live apart. Her absence makes things easier when Hae-joon, an insomniac, spends his nights on stakeouts – although the latter are few and far between, given the lack of murders to investigate. All that changes when a man’s body is found at the base of a mountain and Hae-joon encounters the defunct man’s wife, enigmatic and striking Seo-rae (Tang Wei). Curious about her blithe attitude regarding her husband’s death, Hae-joon stakes out her apartment – and continues to do so, long after Seo-rae has ceased to be a suspect… – Sandra Reid