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.
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…
Well then. uhm. Yes. I dont have a great deal to say here but I will say that I have had a horrible day today and I wont TMI all over you guys but I probably wasnt in the best mood for this level of shattering, draining emotion. I still have no hesitation in giving it a comfortable A though, because it is certainly one of the most powerful cinematic encounters I've had all year. Calling this movie powerful or emotionally charged or depressing or sad seems terribly reductive so I wont even go there. The words to properly describe the final 5 minutes of this movie have not yet been invented. Highly recommended.
Quiet and calm and brilliant lead character. One of those older women who are tough as nails and do their own thing despite of what others think. Really enjoyable. I was just annoyed that it was not really made clear what happened to the boy in the end... or the lady...
Slowly but surely Lee is becoming my favorite Korean director. His MO so far seems clear and strange in a way that could be flat, typical Korean extreme cinema. He takes a genre, murder mystery here and romance in Oasis, and shifts the experience just by having a character be physically or mentally ill. That could be very trite, but Lee does something, I'm not entirely sure what, which makes these films seem like great observance of the core relationships. I wouldn't call them a character study, there's nothing psychological about Oasis for example, so the fullness of character in relation to these seeming ticks doesn't make sense as a typical usage. Maybe that atypical use is what makes the…
A very mesmerizing and evocative film from Lee Chang-dong that explores an elderly woman's encounter with death and losing herself to Alzheimer's as she turns to poetry for solace as it features an incredible performance from Yoon Jeong-hee.
Poetry is indescribable.
This film revolves around a sixty-six-year-old woman Mija who goes through emotional isolation and existential worries in her mute eloquence. It charms you into a badminton match of meanings between the lines and sneaky tell you the inexpressible if you keep up.
Just like an Alzheimer`s disease patient is unable to describe an object, no person can communicate his deepest feelings to the fullest. And if poetry is to convey uncertain feelings without losing anything in articulation, Poetry is surprisingly successful at blurring the line between emotion and it`s expression.
A woman who is raising her teenaged grandson and who may be suffering from the onset of Alzeimer's disease enters a poetry class on a whim.
A truly unique film with a devastating ending! You may never see the world again in quite the same way.
This and Bong Joon Ho's "Mother" would make for a great double bill.
Ten minutes into this film I'm fidgety and not quite sure, by the end I'm completely fixated. Mesmerizing central performance by Yoon Jeong-He as a grand mother confronted by the twin facts that she has Altzheimer's, and that the grand son she has brought up is a rapist, whose only solace is course on writing poetry. Its a great film about the power of observation and empathy, and it manifests both of those qualities in spades.
I don't think I've ever cried as hard or as often while watching a film. Painful, but in the best way.
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