Poetry Reviews

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January 21, 2020
That untapped potential and creativity lurking even within ordinary people is the overriding theme of Lee's achingly poignant film.
January 17, 2020
Yun gives us a lifetime in a few hours.
January 14, 2020
Strongly recommended for the patient and contemplative, as is usual with the works of Lee Chang-dong.
October 7, 2019
This layered, lyrical drama from Korean director Lee Chongdong focuses on a Mija (Yun Junghee), a woman in her 60s whose life of quiet dignity meets a moral crossroads as a variety of unrelated events intersect.
August 5, 2019
A powerhouse, a masterful evocation of a free spirit torn down by the fog of age and tragedy whose search for poetic inspiration leads to an unlikely and heartbreaking source.
April 3, 2019
A superbly well crafted story that flows as elegantly as its namesake. Its underlying beauty, whilst only revealing itself after some deep searching, is as rewarding an experience as you could expect from such dark subject material.
August 9, 2018
A master class in accumulated and tactful understatement, and deserves every award it has won.
July 10, 2018
It's fair to say that the subject-matter... is likely to be a hard sell, but the quality of the film is such that it simply demands an airing.
May 17, 2018
Here [Lee Chang-dong] takes a premise that sounds almost laughably boring - an old woman takes a poetry class - and elevates it into a work as constantly surprising as it is enigmatic and moving.
October 4, 2017
With Poetry, Lee Chang-dong once again gets a brilliant performance out of his female lead, this time from Jeong-hee Yoon.
October 2, 2017
[Writer/Director Lee Chang-dong] has consistently drawn great performances from his actors, and only partly because he writes huge roles for them.
June 2, 2014
But what's so surprising about Poetry is Lee's unassuming mastery over the elements therein.
January 4, 2012
True to the title, writer-director Lee Chang-dong is principally concerned with rendering emotions that seem inexpressible.
January 4, 2012
Those with an eye for reading between the lines can find layers of meaning.
December 29, 2011
A deceptively gentle tale with a tender ache at its center, as well as a performance from Yun Jung-hee that lingers long in the memory.
October 25, 2011
Lee is concerned with beauty in much the same way a philosopher might be -- its transcendent nature, its presence in nearly everything.
August 29, 2011
A valiant and touching psychodrama about an aging woman who takes on the challenge of writing her first poem from the experiences that stir her heart.
July 31, 2011
A beautifully acted, deeply moving tale that brings a lump to the throat.
July 31, 2011
A fascinating, satisfying film with a remarkable central performance.
July 29, 2011
In the way of good cinema, the full experience is entirely unsentimental and poetic.
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