Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in the quiet, isolated world of his small apartment, nursing dreams of someday becoming a successful writer. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman herself compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. A small and delicate tale, Planet of Snail depicts this inseparable pair in their daily life, infusing beauty and gravity into the minutest moments of their experience: the challenge of changing a light bulb, the thrill of a ride on a sled, the momentousness of a day out in the world alone.
Winner of the top jury prize at the world’s preeminent nonfiction film festival, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, Planet of Snail is a poetic and gently paced study that brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple. Deftly directed with tenderness and subtlety under the sensitive hand of documentarian Seung-Jun Yi, Planet of Snail is a visually striking, intimate, and experiential journey that proves the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories. –Cara Cusumano
Lovely, deeply human documentary about a man who has spent most of his life deaf and blind, and the woman he loves who is his constant companion. Communicating through a special brand of sign language that involves tapping on the hands, the two have fryer a unique world where, deprived of all senses, they have found the most tangible feeling of all.
Being able to shake the director’s hand personally after the screening added to the joy of seeing this. Not only does it avoid the problems and constructions of documentary films, but, probably without him realising it when I asked him about it, he also manages to push a visual based medium into allow us as closely as possible to ‘feel’ the world as the deaf-blind Young-Chan does, adding so much to the subject.