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Genre: Thriller

Parasite

Parasite

Master Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho (THE HOST, SNOWPIERCER) brings his work home to Korea with his cinematic masterpiece PARASITE, a pitch-black modern fairytale that proved itself a complete game-changer for movie-lovers around the world in 2019. (And it’s fiiiiiiiiinally coming to the Rio!)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

“In Bong Joon-ho’s flawless tragicomedy, a poor yet united family bluff their way into the lives of a wealthy Seoul household.” (The Guardian)

“What keeps you rapt in ‘Parasite’ is the visual wit — every shot distills the movie’s themes — and the richness of the characters and performances.” (Vulture)

“This is the best movie of the year… A tonal marvel.” (NPR)

“‘Parasite’ isn’t really a monster movie. Yet on at least one of its nearly infinite levels it is – and the monsters are us. (Boston Globe)

Tuesday, July 7
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Thursday, July 9 *Start time subject to change.
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Thursday, July 14 *Start time subject to change.
Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

PARASITE (Bong Joon Ho, 2019 / 133 mins / 14A / Korean with English subtitles) Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

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CANCELLED Contagion

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CANCELLED The Lodge

CANCELLED The Lodge

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