Built on rock: the geology at the heart of Oscars sensation Parasite

As in Uncut Gems and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a symbolic stone adds weight to Bong Joon-ho’s searing satire of Korean societyWhen Bong Joon-ho made movie history by winning a clutch of Oscars for Parasite, he held the statuettes together afterwards, making them kiss.

There is something charming about Bong taking these longed-for, career-defining objects and bashing their golden heads together.

We love our treasures – since antiquity people have carved and hoarded statuettes, stones, rocks, trinkets.

This is a genealogy that runs from Stonehenge to today’s most Cartier-obsessed rapper.

Parasite is unashamedly about wealth, class, longing, scamming: what we want and what we’ll do to get it.

Incidentally, Elon Musk, the richest man on Earth, loved the film.

I wonder who he rooted for in its frenetic final scenes – the closest thing I’ve seen to class warfare on screen.At the heart of Bong’s taut tragi-comedy is a rock,

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