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Poetry

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FINDING WORDS Yun Jung-hee reads to remember in Poetry

Poetry

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
149 minutes
Limited Release Date:
01/28/11
performer:
Yun Jung-hee
director:
Chang-dong Lee
distributor:
Kino International
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

The body of a raped schoolgirl who has killed herself floats downriver at the start of this exquisite Korean drama (Poetry) by Secret Sunshine‘s Lee Chang-dong. Meanwhile, a pensioner (treasured Korean star Yun Jung-hee, extraordinary) raises her sullen grandson alone — a teen implicated in the girl’s death. Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the older woman enrolls in a poetry class, desperate to find the words to describe beauty before language fails her. She does even better: She herself becomes a kind of poem about what it means to really see the world. A