A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

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Chang-dong Lee

Writer:

Chang-dong Lee
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Credited cast:
Jeong-hie Yun ... Yang Mi-ja
Lee Da-wit ... Jong-wook (as David Lee)
Hee-ra Kim ... Elder Kang
Nae-sang Ahn ... Ki-beom's Father
Yong-taek Kim ... Poet Kim Yong-taek
Myung-shin Park ... Hee-jin's Mother
Jong-goo Kim ... Park Sang-tae
Kim Hye-Jung ... Jo Mi-hye
Bok-gi Min ... Soon-jeong's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hye-jin Jang ... Mr. Kang's second daughter-in-law (as Hyae Jin Chang)
Ja-yeong Kim Ja-yeong Kim ... Bus woman
Nam-jin Kim Nam-jin Kim ... Soo-ok
Hyeok-soo Kwon Hyeok-soo Kwon ... Read the poem member
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

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Drama

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The compensation money to be paid by each family was 5 million won, equivalent to about $4500 US dollars. So the total payoff collected by Agnes' mother would have been about $27,000 USD. See more »

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References Death Note (2006) See more »

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Poetic to the Last Frame
6 May 2013 | by christian94See all my reviews

The theme of old age and illness find a new positive essence in poetry. A device to have even the elderly explore life in new and interesting ways. The excellent screenplay and brilliant directing from Chang-Dong Lee combined with an engaged ensemble cast and revealing cinematography, give place for an intimate interaction. The poets and aspiring poets fit well in this story of inner discovery. The inspiration is difficult to come by and external events will accentuate the duality of seeing life as an observer while also being an essential actor.

The multi-layered story has poetry, dialogue, imagery and much time for reflection. The film builds up to the last poem "Agnes' Song" by Mija Yang (the protagonist) which is powerful and perfect. Accentuated by it's accompanying images, it brings out life, beauty, sadness, acceptance, connection and so much more. The editing is especially effective here, but is extraordinary throughout. The ending confirms that the collections of individually intense and intelligent scenes witnessed transcends by transposing and transforming Mija and ultimately the viewer.

Hopefully this will inspire a perhaps much needed poetic view of this hypermodern world which can barely watch deliberate thoughtful meaningful measured movies like this, much less find and read a poem. Maybe this artistic beckon will even encourage someone to write one.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

KRW1,300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,900, 13 February 2011

Gross USA:

$356,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,539,040
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1.85 : 1
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