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1,669 Ratings

Poetry

Shi

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, 2010
Drama

Synopsis

Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a gentle elderly woman faces a dilemma when her teen-aged grandson is discovered to be one of the assailants of a young girl who killed herself.

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Poetry Directed by Lee Chang-dong
The tendency of [classics like The Virgin Spring, Rocco and His Brothers, The Silence of the Lambs and No Country for Old Men] to exploit and/or sentimentalize these subjects is scrupulously avoided by Lee and handled throughout with tact, delicacy, and a finely nuanced sense of development in its heroine’s ethical and aesthetic consciousness. Consequently, Poetry offers a profound social critique by addressing the theme of rape and its role in Korean society quite directly,
October 30, 2015
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Despite narrative intrigue and scandalous circumstances, it’s entirely stripped of sensationalism. Some of the most memorable moments in the film are the simplest, such as Mija’s solitary attempts to find inspiration in an adult education poetry-writing class.
August 27, 2012
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True to the spirit of the title, writer-director Lee organises the sprawling mess of Mija’s personal life with the control and grace of a master, each digression and seemingly arbitrary encounter all building upon his elderly protagonist’s spiralling sense of distress.
July 26, 2011
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