Directed by Lee Chang-Dong
Film Movement Classics
139 Minutes
South Korea
Drama, Classics, Asian
Not Rated
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Kind-hearted Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is tasked with raising her troubled teenage grandson, Jong-wook, while her daughter works in far-off Busan. In denial that her abilities as a caregiver are threatened by the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Mija begins to study poetry writing at the local cultural center. At first she finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world, but then, when Jong-wook is mired in a shocking scandal, Mija taps into newfound depths of disappointment and pain.

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Best Screenplay at Cannes, Lee Chang-dong's POETRY is a “tour de force” that presents an “extraordinary vision of human empathy” (The New York Times). Presented in a new 4K restoration.


  • Yun Junghee
  • Lee David
  • Kim Hira
  • Highest Rating
    "Critic's Pick! An extraordinary vision of human empathy. [A] tour de force...."
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "Grade: A. Exquisite."
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • Highest Rating
    "Beautiful and moving...A masterpiece."
    Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
  • Highest Rating
    "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."
    Justin Chang, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    ""Poetry" is daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be."
    Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
  • Highest Rating
    "Sometimes you don't fully appreciate what a movie's doing to your heart until it's been shattered."
    Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
  • Highest Rating
    "The movie has the breadth and moral weight of a great contemporary novel...."
    Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

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