Decision To Leave Review: Park Chan-Wook Directs The Hell Out Of A Romantic Mystery [Cannes]

Though it features fewer cinematic tricks or surprises than fans of his earlier work might expect, Park Chan-wook finally returns with “Decision to Leave.” His first feature in six years is a misty detective romance that prioritizes mood, aesthetics, and the psychology of its characters rather than multilayered plots meant for a quick surprise.Park Hae-il plays detective Hae-joon, a superstar cop who rose through the ranks at lightning speed, and whose literary hero, fictional Swedish detective Martin Beck, informs his tidy and professional demeanor.

Hae-joon never seems unsettled, no matter how gruesome or bleak a case is.

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