Wednesday, November 14, 2012


After learning from her doctor that she is in the early stages of dementia, an elderly woman learns that her no account grandson had been involved with classmates in a gang rape, an act which came to light following the victim's suicide. While facing this dual crises head on, the indomitable woman enrolls in a local poetry class and uses the medium of the form of expression. While reading this plot description to yourself, close your eyes and try picturing an American film with this set-up made in a non-exploitative, non-cloying manner, without any hint of cynicism and with great technique and passion. Though the notion may seem improbable, this is exactly the film fashioned by South Korean director Chang-dong Lee, a thoughtful and moving film  that features an outstanding performance from Jeong-hie Yun, has not one hint of mawkishness, and is always challenging and visually stunning.