High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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.
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…
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,…
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.
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…
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…
Yun almost single-handedly carries this solemn Korean drama along with her joy, sadness and her humanity.
A poignant cinematic example of how still waters do indeed run deep.
Rather poetically a film concerned with losing the language to fully express oneself manages, so calmly and gracefully, to convey its complex themes with minimal words.
One of cinema's great humanists, Lee Chang-dong offers this quietly profound meditation on the need to make art as a search for empathy, of art's creation as a way of giving life. A "best ever"-level performance by Yoon Jeong-hee, so small and devastating, searching and sad and then, just as the film, finally full of inexorable beauty.
A wonderful film that shows how difficult emptathy can be to discribe in a narrative sense, but Lee Chang-Dong directed amazing performances out of his cast in a beautiful movie.
Una anziana signora si approccia al mondo della poesia in un momento molto difficile della sua vita, ma non riesce a trovare l'ispirazione, nella sofferenza riuscire a Vedere la bellezza del mondo è un compito quasi impossibile. Film drammatico che si prende il suo tempo, ampi respiri, camera a mano, molte inquadrature fisse e nessuna musica, solo i rumori ambientali della natura accompagnano questa donna e il suo percorso di ricerca. Una storia intima e introspettiva con una regia che riesce bene a descrivere la confusione, il dolore, il senso di colpa, la pieta e l'empatia che prova questa donna, si sente il peso delle sue emozioni, tutto mostrato con un tono raffinato e distante, nulla è forzato o sbattuto…
powerful, true life. actress seems to underplaying, but really is how women of this age and society live. unspoken, so idea of poetry appeals to her. in end, silently does what she knows she thinks is right. wish there was some real closure.
Lee Chang-dong has his way of writing his characters - that as the story goes along - they become pitiful or annoying at the same time. It doesn't take away the fact how masterful he is as a storyteller, rather it proves to show his deftness by putting the spotlight towards these people who are on the sidelines, the outcast and the neglected, because they have their own stories to tell, too. He exposes the griminess of society, challenges organized religions, and lays bare the spiteful or loathsome things that people do, it's not to lose hope in humanity but to instill to us some empathy and to render a broader sense that humans are complex individuals.
긴 호흡. 담담한 표현. 영상미. 사실적인 한국 배경 묘사. 몰입감. 현실과 이상의 괴리. 현실과 동 떨어진 아이같은 인물. 미자는 아네스가 되었다.
51. Alguna película que te haya recomendado alguien en alguna red social.
Irónicamente no tengo muchas palabras que puedan describir como me sentí mientras la disfrutaba. Es un viaje, y acompañas a la protagonista en el. Casi puedes entenderla, pero jamás del todo.
Lo único de lo que me quejo es de la duración, es más larga de lo que debería, pero aún así lo compensan con una buena fotografía. Y el poema al final, deja sin aliento.
Me alegro de que me la hayan recomendado. Gracias.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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