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POETRY a Movie Review

Mija is a 66 year old woman who lives in a city in a rural province of South Korea. She is raising her middle school aged grandson as her now divorced daughter works in another city.  She is a pensioner and makes some of her income by working as a maid/caregiver to a senior male who has had a major stroke.

POETRY is a movie about a rather plain ordinary older woman.  The Korean filmmakers did not submit it to the American Awards system, so it has not been nominated or received awards, which means it has not received much attention here in the states.  It is also about an older woman living a rather ordinary life and many would not find this an interesting story and it would seem too slow.

Mija has been told several times that she speaks poetically and when she sees that there is a poetry writing class at the cultural center nearby she decides to take the class and write a poem.  The famous instructor asks the students to be aware of everything in their environment and to be open to hearing what nature and sounds are saying to them; they are to discover their feelings and find the words to describe what they are experiencing.   The students are eager and patient and respectful.

When the door to all the sounds of nature creates awareness by opening it also permits the harder, uglier, and tougher noises and feelings to be revealed.   These too are messages to be gleaned into the poem for the class.  Mija is busy taking notes in her book of the beauty, confusions,blossoms and sorrows.

I was introduced to this movie by Sam Juliano at Wonders In The Dark, where every week movie viewing is shared and my list of what to watch grows and grows.  Just about every writer about POETRY  thought it should have been submitted for awards and there were wonder full words of praise for the photography, the production, the story and the acting.  I just knew I would need to see this film.

It is available from many sources for streaming now and rental.  I have watched it 3 times and found more to enjoy and discover with each screening.  I would like to encourage each of you to find the time to watch this movie.  It is a special experience, a profound discovery within a plain story.


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11 Responses to “POETRY a Movie Review”

  1. Colleen Says:

    Hi Patricia, this movie has been on our to-watch list. I will be moving it to the top after reading your supportive review!

    Patricia Reply:

    Colleen – after watching this movie the first time, it kept me company – it’s simplicity is deceptive – I could watch this again and still discover something new. I do not think you would be disappointed

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Great review – thank you! I just added our name to the “hold” list for this movie at our public library.

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie – thanks for you kind words. Sam thought this movie should be nominated for an award too and he is the one who figured out why it was not….glad you can get it from the Library

  3. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! Wow, another thing to add to the list! Good grief, I’m going to blame you and your excellent reviews for getting behind on stuff – haha!
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    Patricia Reply:

    well worth the squeeze into your schedule. Happy to take the blame! :)

  4. Sara Says:

    Patricia — I probably would not have given this movie a second look, but now you’ve made me curious about it. I’ll have to see if I can get it. I like the idea of this woman opening herself up to the expressing what she sees and feels through writing.

    Thanks for sharing about this movie:~)
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    patricia Reply:

    I do not think you will be disappointed Sara. As several folks have mentioned it is now available at local libraries
    I think you will like it very much.
    Even the photography was quite poetic

  5. Jannie Funster Says:

    I saw that title at the library the other day, but opted out. BOrrowed “Polloc” instead. Hubby does not like art films as much as I.

    So… I’ll borrow “poetry” then come back and compare notes here.

    (Will not read this post until then.)

    And how can I NOT see a movie called “Poetry” since it’s one of my great loves and always has been?


    patricia Reply:

    I enjoyed the Jackson Pollock film very much too and it was so hard to see a life wasted by alcohol.
    Poetry is very different gentle pace
    Yes I think such a poet as you would enjoy it very much indeed

  6. Jannie Funster Says:

    Sorry — typo in “Pollock.” Enjoyed it VERY much, sad tho, his young disturbed life and alcoholism.