Poetry (2011)

Poetry (2011)

TV-PG

kanopy

A movie that aims straight for your heart and leaves you broken into a thousand pieces

The Very Best

8.8

Movie

France, South Korea
Korean
Drama
2011
CHANG-DONG LEE, LEE CHANG-DONG
Ahn Nae-sang, Chang Hyae-jin, Eun-yeong Kim
139 min

What it's about

A sexagenarian South Korean woman enrolls in a poetry class as she grapples with her faltering memory and her grandson's appalling wrongdoing.

The take

Poetry is a masterpiece from one of South Korea's most cherished movie directors, Lee Chang-dong. The simple story follows the everyday life of a grandmother, Mija, who works as a caretaker for a living. To fill her inner emptiness, she decides to join a poetry club with other grandmothers in her neighborhood. Meanwhile, as Mija deals with her own financial and health problems, she struggles to connect with her teenage grandson — only to find out that he is keeping a dark secret. If you are familiar with Lee Chang-dong works, then you know that the movie will tug at your heartstrings. But if you aren't, prepare to be moved.

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