Shi

시 - Shi

Poetry

DVD - 2011 | Korean
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Mija 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. On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class at the local cultural center and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. However, she's appreciate the wonders of the natural world, but a school girl's suicide initiates a chain of tragic events that will change her life forever.
Audience: unrated
Publisher: [United States] : Kino International ; New York : Distributed by Kino Lorber, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign SHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Poetry

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bmobaggins
Jun 28, 2015

wow, it's a must-see. The acting, the story and that ending... blown away by this one.

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abbyboyd
May 05, 2015

an unforgettable film about a beautiful old woman.a great plot.
older people should especially love it

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 20, 2015

This drama from S. Korea began with the body of a dead teenage girl flowing down a river, thus setting the stage for the tone of the film. So don't expect a mood-lifting story, but one in which a 66-year old lady, who worked part-time as a maid to make ends meet while caring for her teenage son, faced her various problems in life in her own way, while trying to find beauty in life through learning to write poetry. I have watched this film twice over the course of two years, and each time I enjoyed it tremendously. This is an excellent film for an audience craving a good story, great acting, and an insight into the social problem of modern days.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

According to the instructor of her poetry writing class people rarely see the true nature of reality around them; an idea which carries a special import for the elderly Yang Mija for not only is her ability to perceive the world slowly being eroded by dementia but her grandson Wook has been implicated in a young girl’s suicide, a crime so horrible she can barely bring herself to discuss it with him. In Lee Changdong’s powerfully understated film poetry is both a vehicle for liberation and confrontation, a joyous celebration of the everyday and a dire challenge to seek the truth. As Mija struggles to express her thoughts in prose she undergoes a profound change of perspective in which the mundane suddenly transforms into the extraordinary; a bouquet of flowers becomes a testament to pain, an apricot describes immortality, and a simple badminton game ends with all the finality of Judgement Day. With her grandson facing an uncertain future and her own future in doubt it’s only fitting that Mija’s final poetry assignment, read aloud as the film closes, begins as a piercing elegy for Wook’s young victim yet ends as a simple farewell. Some may be put off by the film’s slow deliberate pace but Changdong’s lyrical cinematography, like his protagonist’s journey towards the light, cannot be rushed.

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ilovewhippets
Nov 20, 2013

Good movie about the subject many people would rather not talk about! It's a Great, Cultural, Thought-provoking film!

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empbee
Jul 10, 2013

A calmly upsetting movie with great acting.

theorbys Oct 20, 2012

Takes its time, but it is well worth it. It is a rather existential film, broadly speaking, and reminded me of Taiwanese art films by Hou Hsiao Hsien or Tsai Ming-liang. But this film sustained itself brilliantly with poetry.

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jnewday
Aug 26, 2012

I thought this was a simple story of a woman confronting her own loss of identity through aging and dementia, but it is much much more. She is confronted with family problems that force her to reconsider herself and her role as caregiver, both inside her family and outside. What action will she take that is true to herself? She begins to make decisions that are part of her own beliefs and not just tied to accepted roles and traditions in her community.

voisjoe1 Mar 17, 2012

A story of beauty and terrible ugliness. A portrait of triumph and failure. The protagonist was played by Actress Yoon Jeong-Hee who made this film after a hiatus of 14 years. Jeong-Hee, one of three famous South Korean actresses of the sixties, made an incredible 225 films (approx). From 1967-1972, she made 20-30 movies each and every year.

Glencoe_Mike Mar 01, 2012

Didn't love it, but certainly moving at times.

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