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Poetry (2011)Poetry (2011)

Poetry (2011)

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

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.8

movie

South Korea

Korean

Challenging, Dramatic, Long

2011

Chang-dong Lee, Lee Chang-dong

Ahn Nae-sang, Chang Hyae-jin, Hee-ra Kim

139 min

Synopsis

Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson 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.

Our Take

8.8
Oppie A

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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