Memories of Murder ★★★★★

A tightrope act with the tone and it's pulled off beautifully, balancing comedy and horror. Reminders of poverty are everywhere.

I was deeply moved by near-final scene with the Elastoplast. It drives home everything the detective is feeling at that moment: his connection to the victim and the horror of what happened to her and why it was so violating. It does all that with a plaster instead of showing gratuitous shots of violence against women. The respect for a victim's dignity and suffering made me weep with gratitude because it's such a rare thing to see in cinema.