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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 centre 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.
Riveting. Sad. So much loneliness in what seems like rampant immorality...but there is actually deep and nascent morality. People looking for their voices and looking for seamless integration of those voices to fin justice and resolution.
Wonderful story. I did enjoy it even though subtitles difficult to read from time to time, and film too long, and the sound tracking which was completely distracting.
There were deep and profound messages which will need to be reflected on over time.
72% - Feb 13, 2011
Deeply moving portrait of a beautiful soul trapped in an ugly world.
Boca Raton Member
People may complain that the film is too long, but it is refreshing to see a slower pace... the time it takes to tell a powerful story... or write a poem.
Boca Raton Member
Wonderful character study. Very thought-provoking.