both old and new
Grandmother Mi Ja (Yoon Jeong Hee) works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson (David Lee, Paradise Murdered) by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.
One of the things that intrigues me when I look at my two year old son is his slowly growing command of our language. He struggles, tries and discovers a new realm of possibilities. I feel a bit like that right now. I feel to adequately capture the beauty of this film I need to learn how to speak again. I struggle with the limitations of my vocabulary, waiting for words to come and express the resounding emotions that resonate within this film.
In essence I feel like this heartfelt story's protagonist, searching for something against all odds. There are so many layers of warmth, bitterness and sweet sadness in this film that have to be experienced to fully appreciate them.
So I'll stop my ramblings and tell you, ney, urge you to watch this.
Back in 2006-2007, I took one year of literature class. The final topic of the course was "Poetry", just before hitting the final exam. Before stepping into the subject, we were asked about our opinions on poetry. There was a heated argument between a classmate that claimed that poetry was gibberish, sentimental and pretentious garbage with no coherent or logical structure to convey authentic messages, but only random words put together so that they sound "pretty", and me. The rest of the classroom grabbed popcorn to see the word fight between us.
I remember him talking more than me. However, I was concise and expressed that poetry has the capacity to unravel the deepest emotional mysteries of the human heart,…
Poetry is a quietly affecting film of surprising power. It stars Yun Jeong-hie, who came out of retirement to play the lead role, and she delivers a quite staggering performance, imbuing her character with strength and purpose yet with a great fragility too. The foundations for the story appear deceptively simple; Mija, a 60-something woman, joins a poetry class but when instructed to write a poem by the end of the month she is struck by writer’s block. Yet this is a mere framework for the real story as Mija not only battles the possible early stages of dementia but a deep burden of guilt, grief and financial responsibility. The burden is not self-inflicted, instead thrust upon her by her…
This film was recommended to me (that's right; I'm FINALLY getting back to my recommendations list) by Adam Cook and thank you Adam for recommending me this. It is such a beautifully powerful film if I'd ever seen one. The acting is great, especially Yun Junhee in the lead. She delivers an amazing performance that is poignant, touching, and heartbreaking, much like the film itself. I don't want to say too much about this film because it is something that deserves to be experienced rather than discussed. It doesn't contain Fight Club-esque twists or anything like that, but it's a film with so much emotional depth to it that saying the smallest hint at the story could ruin that experience. It's best to go in with blind eyes. With that said, this is a beautiful, compelling, fascinating, engaging, and heartwrenching film that is hard to put in words but an amazing experience nonetheless.
The event: a girl kills herself. The reason: unknown. Another fact: for months, a groups of 6 boys were making sex with this girl. The reason: they say she liked it.
The poetry: the journey of an old woman, grandmother of one of those 6 kids, ill and working as a housemaid to make extra-money and so raise his grandson, who is trying to comprehend this whole situation at the same time she is trying to write a poem.
Chang-dong Lee not only deserves credit for the gorgeous and heavily meaningful cinematography but also for the huge quality of this story, which is one of the most originals and mature I've seen in Korean cinema even though we are all…
South Korean cinema sure is something! My first experiences with it were in the revenge genre which they seem to have perfected. Films like Oldboy, The Man From Nowhere, and I Saw the Devil are among my favorites. It wasn't until I saw the wonderful drama Castaway on the Moon and the fun action comedy The Good, the Bad, the Weird that I realized the talent in South Korea is immense and knows no boundaries. Poetry is a poignant melodrama made with the same quality and grace I've come to expect from South Korean cinema.
Mija (Jeong-hie Yun) is a sixty something women facing a devastating medical diagnosis, and the news of a heinous family crime, when she finds strength…
"Poetry" ist zu strukturiert, zu geordnet um den Anspruch auf Poesie zu haben; zu viel Prosa, dass die Lyrik überdeckt. Trotzdem ist es ein großartiger Film. Ein Melodrama, dass sich in Stille entwickelt. Die Geschwindigkeit des Films lässt den Zuschauer entspannen, ihn immer langsamer werden, bis er zum Stillstand kommt und wird dann noch langsamer. Der Regisseur zeigt uns in ruhigen Bildern, die Welt in der seine Figuren leben. Er zwingt uns kein Urteil über sie auf, sondern lässt den Zuschauer für sich selbst entscheiden. Mit einem Ende, dass wir so nicht erwartet hätten, haben Lee Chang-Dong und die Schauspieler, allen voran Yoon jeong-hee, die für "Poetry" extra aus Ruhestand gekommen ist, einen bewegenden Film geschaffen.
What a beautiful, poignant, subtle, sad and complex film masked in simplicity but constructed of many layers.
Oh my god. Oh my f***ing god.
If you haven't seen this, add it to your list. Move it to the top of your list. An intimate and enthralling look at one woman's experience and the ripping effect of life. Yoon Jeong-hee delievers a masterful performance, one that feels truly real. Moving, engaging, and phenomenal.
Poetry is a subtle and powerful film that leaves a lasting emotional impression. The story follows Mi-ja, a grandmother, who decides she wants to take a community class on poetry. Coincidentally, she is diagnosed with onset of Alzheimer's and learns that her grandson is one of six students involved in raping a fellow schoolgirl. The girl consequently commits suicide. The fathers of the schoolboys agree to simply throw money at the problem, in the hopes that it will go away and their boys will be able to continue life as if nothing happened. They agree that 30 million won (5 million from each parent) is a reasonable amount to pay to the mother of the dead schoolgirl.
Therefore, in addition…
Absolutely devastating. Poetry broke my heart in 20 different ways.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
순수를 잃어버린 손자
그 손자에게 순수를 빼앗기고 죽은 아네스
점점 잃어가는 기억가운데 또렷하게 살아있는 유아시절을 떠올리며 눈물짓는 할머니
역작이라고 모두 치켜세우며 많은 상을 받았으나 관객은 22만..
시를 읽지도, 쓰지도, 그리고 보지도 않는 시대.
노무현과 엮인 그이기에 어떤 식으로든 정치역학에서 자유로울수 없응석.
그래서 영진위 조희문 이라는 작자는 이 영화 각본에 0점을 주었다고.
기억하자 - 이 뻔뻔한 놈들이 살아가는 길을.
이제 분노를 삭이고 이 아름다운 시를 읽자
그곳은 어떤가요 얼마나 적막하나요
저녁이면 여전히 노을이 지고
숲으로 가는 새들의 노래소리 들리나요
차마 부치지 못한 편지 당신이 받아볼 수 있나요
하지 못한 고백 전할 수 있나요
시간은 흐르고 장미는 시들까요
이제 작별을 할 시간
머물고 가는 바람처럼 그림자처럼
오지 않던 약속도 끝내 비밀이었던 사랑도
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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