DVD - 2011 | Korean
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Mija is a beautiful woman in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class at the local cultural center and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. She appreciates the wonders of the natural world, but a school girl's suicide initiates a chain of tragic events that will change her life forever.
Publisher: [New York] : Kino International, 2011
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Po
Description: 1 videodisc (139 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Si


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Apr 17, 2018

I checked out this movie from library last week based on online reviews and was very looking forward to watch it. Unfortunately the copy from the library kept skipping on all the crucial scenes, like at the beginning when it explains the reason behind the girl's suicide and how the boys were involved, and at the ending scene where the teacher is reading the poetry on behalf of the main character. I hope Whitby Library will be able to get a new copy of this movie.

Jun 28, 2015

wow, it's a must-see. The acting, the story and that ending... blown away by this one.

May 05, 2015

an unforgettable film about a beautiful old woman.a great plot.
older people should especially love it

Feb 20, 2015

This drama from S. Korea began with the body of a dead teenage girl flowing down a river, thus setting the stage for the tone of the film. So don't expect a mood-lifting story, but one in which a 66-year old lady, who worked part-time as a maid to make ends meet while caring for her teenage son, faced her various problems in life in her own way, while trying to find beauty in life through learning to write poetry. I have watched this film twice over the course of two years, and each time I enjoyed it tremendously. This is an excellent film for an audience craving a good story, great acting, and an insight into the social problem of modern days.

Dec 31, 2014

In Lee Changdong’s powerfully understated film poetry is both a vehicle for liberation and confrontation, a joyous celebration of the everyday and a dire challenge to seek the truth. As our protagonist, plagued by dementia and personal tragedy, struggles to express her thoughts in prose she undergoes a profound change of perspective in which the mundane suddenly transforms into the extraordinary; a bouquet of flowers becomes a testament to pain, an apricot describes immortality, and a simple badminton game ends with all the finality of Judgement Day. With her grandson facing an uncertain future and her own future in doubt it’s only fitting that Mija’s final poetry assignment reads like a simple farewell. Some may be put off by the film’s slow deliberate pace but Changdong’s lyrical cinematography, like his protagonist’s journey towards the light, cannot be rushed.

Nov 20, 2013

Good movie about the subject many people would rather not talk about! It's a Great, Cultural, Thought-provoking film!

Jul 10, 2013

A calmly upsetting movie with great acting.

theorbys Oct 20, 2012

Takes its time, but it is well worth it. It is a rather existential film, broadly speaking, and reminded me of Taiwanese art films by Hou Hsiao Hsien or Tsai Ming-liang. But this film sustained itself brilliantly with poetry.

Aug 26, 2012

I thought this was a simple story of a woman confronting her own loss of identity through aging and dementia, but it is much much more. She is confronted with family problems that force her to reconsider herself and her role as caregiver, both inside her family and outside. What action will she take that is true to herself? She begins to make decisions that are part of her own beliefs and not just tied to accepted roles and traditions in her community.

voisjoe1 Mar 17, 2012

A story of beauty and terrible ugliness. A portrait of triumph and failure. The protagonist was played by Actress Yoon Jeong-Hee who made this film after a hiatus of 14 years. Jeong-Hee, one of three famous South Korean actresses of the sixties, made an incredible 225 films (approx). From 1967-1972, she made 20-30 movies each and every year.

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