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Poetry (2010)

Directed by Lee Chang-dong


Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson’s shocking wrongdoing.

Length 139 minutes


Chang Hyae-jin | Kim Min-jae | Park Myung-shin | Kim Yong-taek | Ahn Nae-sang | Kim Hee-ra | Lee Da-wit | Yoon Jeong-hee