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.

Director:

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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Filming started in August 25, 2009 and ended three months later in Gyeonggi Province and Gangwon Province. Lee was initially worried that Yun's long experience might have bound her to an outdated acting style, but was very pleased with her attitude, saying, "She performed her scenes with a willingness to discuss and this is something that's difficult to find even in younger actors." See more »

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References Death Note (2006) See more »

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Masterful filmmaking
24 December 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Reading Poetry's summary, one sees a sentimental film. I surely wasn't sure if I wanted to see this or not. I am completely happy I did.

What we have here is a slow-paced, delicate film. But it doesn't sway in sentimentality. It's subtle, quiet, and perhaps the most gentle film of the year, but it also wallows in the study of a suburban woman and in many ways feels like a dark portrait of a story. Yoon Jeong-hee is magnificent! She conveys so much emotion, and we realize just how quickly we want to see her journey here. The direction is assured, quitely letting us explore, never calling attention to itself. The screenplay is brilliant, and has the ideal arc needed for a film like this.

There are many amazing moments in this film, moments that really grabbed me and that emotionally shook me. One of the best films of the year in an already amazing year for film.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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