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Poetry (2011)

Cast: Nae-sang Ahn
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Korea, Crime
Running Time: 139 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
A woman in the autumn of her years is prompted by art and circumstance to reexamine her life in this drama from director Lee Chang-dong. Yang Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is a charming and well-preserved woman in her mid-sixties who stays busy looking after her teenage grandson Wook (Lee David) and helping keep house for a gentleman friend older than herself. Yang Mija has been having trouble with her memory and has developed a new curiosity about creative self-expression, so she signs up for a class in writing poetry at a neighborhood community center, even though she's never written verse before. Mija's simple, contented existence is thrown into disarray by a pair of events -- she learns from her doctor that her memory troubles are the first symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease, and Wook is believed to be part of a gang of thugs who severely beat and raped a girl who responded by committing suicide. As Mija faces a grim future, she's uncertain about the notion of turning her grandson in to the police or raising money for a settlement that would keep him out of prison, and suddenly the beauty of the world seems a far more elusive concept. SHI (aka POETRY) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.



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