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Poetry [Blu-ray]

Jeong-hie Yun , Nae-sang Ahn , Lee Chang-dong    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeong-hie Yun, Nae-sang Ahn, Hira Kim, Da-wit Lee
  • Directors: Lee Chang-dong
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FEPK7Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Mija lives in a small city by the Han River with her teenage grandson. When she discovers her grandson's part in the gang-rape and suicide of a Catholic school girl, Mija takes up poetry classes to explore her inner world while her outer world is collapsing on her. A Cannes Film Festival winner and favourite, Lee Chang-dong's Poetry is raw and unsentimental and features a masterclass performance by Jeong-Hie Yun as Mija at its centre.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We all Carry Poetry In Our Hearts" 30 Mar 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
As a lover of World Cinema and having had a few poems of my own published here and there, South Korea's 'Poetry' was always going to be a double treat for me.

The film's beauty is that it's not just about poetry but how that it can fit into everyday lives and help folk the see the inner beauty that it brings. Mija (an excellent Jeong-he Yun) a 66 year old woman, suffering the onset of Alzheimers, sees the simple beauty in an apple and of fallen apricots on the ground.

She gets this after starting poetry classes and whilst she fails to get her 'poetic awakening', she sets herself the target of writing just one poem.

Considering that this gentle, graceful lady is bringing up a teenage grandson who has committed a serious crime and as a job cares part-time for an elderly stroke victim these poetical leanings are a soothing diversion for both us - and her. (She's not bad at badminton, either!) It's actually the way the film contrasts several issues, the modern contemporary ones that give the film its backbone, the age difference clashes with the grandson and the lyrical - but unsentimental - softer side and you get a modest and modern masterpiece.

Avoid if only Iron Man 2 can move you. But if you have a heart, one where a soul and emotion can flourish and you enjoy a well acted, straightforward modern film - wherever in the world that it might come from - then 'Poetry' has a wide and worthwhile appeal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching film 12 Nov 2011
By Anon
Touching film surrounding a grandmother and her wayward grandson. Sensing she is slowing losing her mental faculties she strives to compose a poem and the right words against the knowledge of what her grandson has committed. Beautifully poignant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an exquisite "little" film 1 Sep 2012
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Poetry [DVD] I had no idea what to expect from this film. However, it was one of the best movies I have seen this past year. Beautiful to watch, excellent acting, good sub-titles. It is a moving story about an elderly woman facing up to immense sorrow and her difficult situation with great courage. It was very moving, and I highly recommend it to anyone out there who is tired of the usual silly rom-com-sex filled movies that get turned out a dime a dozen these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story... 8 April 2013
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I rated this film so highly cos of the way it portrayed a woman on the edge descending into the chaos caused by the suffering that alzheimers brings....9 out of 10...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity as Therapy 25 Jan 2013
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I'd seen 'Amour' earler and altho a fan of Haneke, I found the film depressing, so it was interesting to see how the same theme [the onset of old age and loss] could be worked with so differently.
'Poetry' is a Korean film and the main protoganist, a woman in her 60s, who had clealry been stunning in her youth, now looks after her teenage grandson. His subsequent role in an awful crime tests her love and loyalty and as a response to that and since she'd always loved poetry, she decides to attend a writing class. But she finds her creaivity blocked. Through a series of conversations, experiences and reflections she gradually reaches an acceptance of life as it is, and poepl as they are. In the final scene she has written and is heard reciting her poem. It is dedicated to a young woman.
It is a gentle, subtle and moving film. Highly recommened.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful film and so sad. 28 Nov 2011
By Viv
This film is truly beautiful. It's beginning is haunting and the way each part comes together is both wonderful and thought provoking. I found watching it a wonderful experience and can't recommend it enough.
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