Planet of Snail (2012)
A love story like no other, Planet of Snail is a mesmerizing documentary about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him. Young-Chan is deaf and blind. He learned to speak when he was very young, but soon after lost his sight and hearing. He lives with his wife, Soon-Ho, who is his soul mate, an inseparable part of his life, and a window to the outside world. Young-Chan and Soon-Ho communicate through finger braille, a unique form of touch-based sign language in which words are tapped out on each other's hands. They rely on one another completely. However, Young-Chan must be able to survive on his own. One day, as Soon-Ho waits anxiously at home, Young-Chan embarks on the biggest adventure of his life. -- (C) Cinema Guild … More
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Critic Reviews for Planet of Snail
Gentle, simply told love stories are as rare in documentaries these days as they are in narrative film. That alone makes Yi Seung-jun's "Planet of Snail" a standout.
"Planet of Snail" offers a precious moment of clarity and simplicity amid a chaotic and poisonous summer, and tells an unforgettable love story to boot.
With little story to speak of, Planet Of Snail is more of an experiential piece, closing in on the pleasure and wonder with which Young-chan takes in details like rain falling outside the window and the bark of a tree.
Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception.
A portrait of practical symbiosis in both domestic and emotional terms.
It's almost as if the images and sounds most of us are constantly bombarded with only serve to distract from a primal, tactile experience of the world.
A rare nonfiction romance film [about] a couple worth comparing your own marriage or partnership to, and the film is a wonderful, poetic portrait of true love.
A deeply moving documentary about love, living with disabilities, savoring the senses, and being present.
Even with the heaviness of some of its subject matter, the doc remains limpid and unsentimental until the very end, in keeping with its subject.
Neither the subject nor director ask for sympathy; what emerges is a nuanced hymn to the human spirit that still saddens, even when it inspires.
The senses of taste, smell and touch aggregate to create a new perceptual cosmos.
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