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    Essential Cinema: POETRY

    Presented by at Alamo Drafthouse Village

    February 5, 2013


    Essential Cinema: POETRY

    Cinematography by Hyun Seok Kim
    Editing by Kim Hyun
    Cast: Yun Jeong-hie, Lee Da-wit, Kim Hira, Ahn Nae-sang
    South Korea, 2010, Kino Films, 35mm, color, 139 min.
    Korean with English subtitles

    "Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) 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. With elegance and a dash of eccentricity, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living by cleaning house for an elderly man who, though paralyzed by a stroke, still responds to her charm with bouts of drug-induced arousal.

    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. However, she’s plagued by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and struggles with new vocabulary and the challenges of the creative process. When her world is turned upside down by the discovery of a monstrous crime, it is Mija’s unique and touching poetry that allows her to defy the weight of shame and distance herself from a painful proximity to violence." [Kino Lorber/Toronto International Film Festival]

    "With an understated visual style and perfectly paced narrative, Mr. Lee has created a portrait of a woman who has, by the end, become an extraordinary vision of human empathy." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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