Poetry

Poetry

           Poetry
               Genre: Drama
               Grandmother, suicide, Alzheimer’s, grandchildren, Cannes 2010
  At the beginning of Poetry, we see a river in South Korea, children playing – in short, an idyll in which really disturbs not only body of a young woman who shows the camera after some time. recovered when the corpse of the girl was and the desperate mother arrives at the hospital, cross here their way with the much older Mija (Yun Junghee) who has just learned that their word-finding problems are a first symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and that it is come much worse. And in fact it is worse, however, quite different than expected, as it turns out that Mijas grandson who lives with her, is one of six young people who have raped a fellow student for months and finally driven to suicide – just that young woman whose corpse we saw at the beginning of drift through the water. The parents of the young people involved are trying to buy the silence of the mother of the girl and offer her eventually to a huge sum of which is to take each a share. But Mija, which penetrates hard with her small pension and a job as a nurse for an elderly gentlemen, can not afford the sum, so that the deal threatens to burst. And while she is learning through a poetry class at the Community College to take a different view on things and to find appropriate even for familiar words, which will help her at the end of the process of finding a way out of their deadlock. Lee Chang-dong, in his film Poetry from the loss of words and words and the desperate quest for it – right in many ways. There is, for an Alzheimer’s disease Mijas, as indicated in its early stage is that Mija different objects can not nominate. An experience that is repeated in their poetry course in which it also comes to find the right words. Speechlessness on another level also determine the other relationships within the settings: For example, there is the silence of Mijas grandson on his act, the concealment of the school where the rape was continued, the repression of the parents of the boys involved and finally the incomprehensibility the suicide of the girl to speak to the impossibility of what had happened, broke. In the end it is just Mija, which breaks the cycle of silence, the suffering in words, sums up allied itself with the death of the girl and dissolves in it. Despite all the hopelessness and the tragic end is in this last character in the movie a quiet beauty that touches on some small solace from and dramatic weaknesses of the film. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: Poetry Country of production: South Korea Year of Production: 2010 Length: 139 (Min.)

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