full title
POETRY (2010)
  • Director LEE Chang-dong
    Year 2010
    Status Completed
    Genre drama
    Starring YUN Junghee, LEE David, KIM Hira
    Running Time 139 min.
    Country of Production Korea
    Festival & Awards 2010 Cannes Film Festival - Best Screenplay Award
    Synopsis Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who
    likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive
    mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first
    time in her life.
    Her quest for poetic inspiration begins with observing the everyday life she never intentionally took notice of before to find
    beauty within it. And with this, Mija is delightfully surprised with newfound trepidation as if she were a little girl discovering things
    for the first time in her life.
    But when she is suddenly faced with a reality harsh beyond her imagination, she realizes perhaps life is not as beautiful as she
    had thought it is…