The first film of our 15th season, Poetry, will be shown this Sunday, September 25th, at 10:00. Hope you can join us!
Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) 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. With elegance and a dash of eccentricity, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living by cleaning house for an elderly man who, though paralyzed by a stroke, still responds to her charm with bouts of drug-induced arousal.
On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class at the local cultural centre and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. However, she’s plagued by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and struggles with new vocabulary and the challenges of the creative process. When her world is turned upside down by the discovery of a monstrous crime, it is Mija’s unique and touching poetry that allows her to defy the weight of shame and distance herself from a painful proximity to violence.
(Adapted from text provided by the Toronto International Film Festival)
after thinking about this film (and it has definitely stayed with me) I think that both female characters (the grandmother and the teenage suicide) were so underestimated as to their actions. It was expected that they would go along with whatever program others had designed without their input, that the big story is how each commanded a different outcome from society and they would never be forgotten.