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Sunday 29th January 5:00 PM

Poetry (Shi)

Director: Lee Chang-Dong Country: South Korea
Cert: 12A Year: 2010 Length: 139 mins Language: Korean

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 93KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 74.26% Attendance: 89



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Much of the poetry has gone out of Mija‘s life; she lives in the sticks, getting by on a nurse‘s wage, looking after a man who has had a stroke and her teenage grandson whose mother has moved to the big city. To make matters worse, she discovers she has early Alzheimer‘s disease. Finding words failing her, she decides to enrol in a poetry course. Like most new poets, she realises that poetry does not just happen and starts to wander around the countryside looking for inspiration.

This in itself might have made a good start to a movie, but director Chang-Dong Lee adds another element to her already complicated life that brings real tragedy close to her door...

Coming out to rave reviews from all critics, this looks to be ....poetry in motion!


open_quote She is making sense of her life: that is the "poetry" which is taking place, minute by minute, scene by scene close_quote Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

open_quote What a wonderful film is Lee Chang-Dong's Poetry close_quote Sukhdev Sandhu, Telegraph

open_quote In the way of good cinema, the full experience is en-tirely unsentimental and poetic close_quote Derek Malcolm, Standard

open_quote A fascinating, satisfying film with a remarkable central performance. close_quote Philip French, The Observer



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