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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Poetry”

PICK Poetry – A drama directed by Chang-dong Lee and starring Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, and Nae-sang Ahn which tells the poignant tale of a woman approaching the twilight of her life who is faced with a dementia diagnosis and the discovery that her grandson has been involved with a heinous crime. To cope with the tragedies in her life, the woman enrolls in a poetry class, which helps her find new purpose and fortitude.

With a lyrical performance from Jeong-hie Yun in the lead role, Poetry is an inspired film  that speaks both as a condemnation of male privilege and an homage to the gracious strength of a woman in pain.

“Ms. Yun’s performance [is] a tour de force of emotional complexity that builds through restraint and, like Mr. Lee’s unadorned visual style, earns rather than demands your attention.” ~Manohla Dargis

Full Review – New York Times

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