A lovely older woman in her first stages of Alzheimer’s disease deals with an ugly, male-dominated world by finding beauty where she can. “Mi-ja” is played by Yun Jung-hee, one of Korea’s most treasured actresses. “Mi-ja” is a polite, self-effacing grandmother charged with the care of a loutish teenage grandson as well as an elderly man who’s had a stroke. A pensioner who has become invisible and ignored, she dreams of writing poetry like she did as a young girl. Yun Jung-hee breathes resilience and strength into “Mi-ja’s” graceful femininity as she strives to tempt the muse through a poetry class. Sadly, inspiration finally comes in the resolution of a moral dilemma which concerns her grandson and his friends, who’ve driven a young girl to suicide with their sexual attention. “Mi-ja” finally finds her poetic voice by doing the right thing.
“To Mi-ja, writing poems is important because she’s discovering the meaning of the world. The paradox of her life is that she’s leaving the world and forgetting the words.” – Tim Lee
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
New York, NY – July 28, 2011 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Poetry (2010), a film by Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, Oasis). This critically acclaimed Korean drama, which won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, is an “achingly exquisite portrait” (Philadelphia Inquirer) of a woman’s brave fight against Alzheimer’s, and against her guilt over a relative’s brutal crime.
Poetry comes to Blu-ray and DVD with special features, including a making-of documentary, an interview with actor Ahn Nae-sang, trailers and stills galleries. The Blu-ray is priced at $34.95, while the DVD is priced at $29.95. Both are available for prebook on July 26, 2011, with a street date of August 23.
Directed with skill and subtlety by Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine),
Poetry is a “nearly perfect movie” (Boston Globe) about the power of art to
bear witness to both sublime beauty and the violent truths that lie hidden
in the hearts of men.
· Making Of Documentary · Interview with Actor Ahn Nae-sang
· Trailers · Stills Gallery · Presented in 5.1 Surround Sound
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Prebook date: July 26, 2011
Street date: August 23, 2011
2010 · South Korea · 139 min. · Color · Anamorphic (1.85:1) · In Korean
with optional English subtitles