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Films & Schedules - POETRY


Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B2)
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A sharp critique of Korean society’s inability to grapple with deep social problems, Poetry tells the story of a woman trying to find the poetry of her own life. Mija, a quiet woman in her sixties, works as caregiver for an elderly disabled man. In the early stages of dementia, she leads a simple existence centered on watching over her troubled grandson. When the boy’s behavior leads to horrible tragedy, the crisis sends her into an existential downward spiral, and she turns to her newfound interest in writing poetry for solace and guidance. As in Lee’s previous works, Poetry explores the human capacity for inexplicable violence and how our worst failings can define and shape our shared moral landscape. (139 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Peppermint Candy (99), Oasis (02), Secret Sunshine (07).

Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.


Interests: Narrative Feature, Asian, Art, Literature.

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