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Poetry2010

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Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, POETRY is a portrait of a woman's brave fight against Alzheimer's disease and against her guilt over a relative's brutal crime. This highly acclaimed Korean drama showcases a performance by Yun Jung-hee, voted as her country's greatest actress in a public poll. She plays Mija, an aging part-time maid and full-time guardian of her apathetic grandson. Concerned by her frequent forgetfulness, she takes a poetry class at the local arts center to sharpen her mind. She begins to appreciate the wonders of the natural world but a schoolgirl's suicide initiates a chain of tragic events that will change her life forever.

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Winner of "Best Director" and "Best Screenwriter" at the 2011 Asian Film Awards.


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"Poetry" credibly teaches what a person must do to become a poet, which parts of speech disappear in which sequence from the memory of a person with dementia, how South Koreans keep crimes out of the criminal justice system and the press, and what grandparents tolerate as they care for their spoiled-rotten abandoned grandchildren. Watching three generations make fateful decisions and express their basic values, one could easily conclude that the world passed the point of Peak Good half a century ago, and that virtue has been getting scarcer by the year since then.

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"Poetry" credibly teaches what a person must do to become a poet, which parts of speech disappear in which sequence from the memory of a person with dementia, how South Koreans keep crimes out of the criminal justice system and the press, and what grandparents tolerate as they care for their spoiled-rotten abandoned grandchildren. Watching three generations make fateful decisions and express their basic values, one could easily conclude that the world passed the point of Peak Good half a century ago, and that virtue has been getting scarcer by the year since then.

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Chang-dong Lee's film approaches the level of a masterpiece. It is an unflinching and often difficult film. Hyun Seok Kim's cinematography as we follow the protagonist on her quest to find meaning to life. Finding a voice through the creation of poetry, she clings to her dignity as she attempts to understand where this voice is leading. .As touching as it is brutal, this is a perplexing ode to the human spirit and a reminder of humanity's frailty. A stunning work of art.

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Very good movie.

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A gift and a treasure to be a part of this wonderful film. How deep the heart must feel through each moment, never mending, only striving to keep from breaking. As I sit and wonder what else could I want from a cinematic experience, I only find myself fulfilled.

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@Richard and Mary: the subtitles have been fixed.

@Richard and Linda. We are looking into the streaming problems.

Dan Aronson

CEO of Fandor

Watching this movie for the second time now it has only gotten more powerful. I have no hesitation in calling this a masterpiece. Cinematic and soulful to the bone, it blossoms with meaning in every detail and leaves nothing to be desired. Lee Chang-dong is touched by the faintest details of human existence and shows us we can be too.

Poetry is an unhurried, haunting film. A character study of remarkable subtlety.

A wondrous film. Very moving.

Poetry was a metaphor of what secrets we hold inside of all of us and how to express them. The simplicity of the story kept us feeling we were voyeurs in Mija’s life. It was a sweet movie that showed us the beauty in once self.

Poetry (Chan-dong-lee (2010)) - Serves as a subliminal yet temporal panacea for tensile nerves for a span of 2 and a half hours...Mija is fraught with abysmal sorrow and grief, conveyed by laconic speech and combated by a wonderfully surmountable measure of civility...what does not get conveyed hollows your heart out...and sends mellifluous incompatibilities wafting in and out...I have been floored for who knows how long....

The film helped cultivate a finer appreciation in the art of story telling. The visual composition is that of a Beethoven piece. Fantastic.

Last Updated on 9/2 11:29AM Pacific Time.

9/2 11:29 We believe that we have fixed the streaming problems associated with this film. Please send us email at support@fandor.com with any other issues or questions. We apologize for the delay and hope that you find some other great films to watch and learn about.

--Dan Aronson

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Despite a few scattered issues with streaming, my viewing experience of this gorgeous film went just fine. When the subtitles got out of sync, I clicked to a different point in the film and they lined back up. All in all, thanks Fandor. I'll keep you in mind.

still having streaming problems, following advice here...please resolve so this beautiful film can be viewed--many delays and subtitle problems--following directives here but still problematic--thank u--Patricia

Like others, i had major issues with the stream stopping. Fandor would be a dream service for me, one I'd gladly pay to have. However, it needs to work. I will check back to see if you can get your technical issues worked out. Good luck.

I cant get the film to load.It stops after one minute

"Streaming hell" is an understatement. After multiple attempts I finally gave up and watched it on Netflix. I think I'll stick with them.

It's too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing the films you have to offer. Maybe I'll reconsider if and when you fix the streaming problems.

Streaming Hell, Sub-title Hell. Will try back again, then ask for refund.

I also had some difficulty with the subtitiling-it was out of synch for some of the movie and the poem read at the end was simply not translated. But I fond the poem on an Asian Movie Wiki--

Lee Chang-Dong's "Agnes Song" (poem read at end of the movie)

How is it over there?

How lonely is it?

Is it still glowing red at sunset?

Are the birds still singing on the way to the forest?

Can you receive the letter I dared not send?

Can I convey…

the confession I dared not make?

Will time pass and roses fade?

Now it's time to say goodbye

Like the wind that lingers and then goes,

just like shadows

To promises that never came,

to the love sealed till the end.

To the grass kissing my weary ankles

And to the tiny footsteps following me

It's time to say goodbye

Now as darkness falls

Will a candle be lit again?

Here I pray…

nobody shall cry…

and for you to know…

how deeply I loved you

The long wait in the middle of a hot summer day

An old path resembling my father's face

Even the lonesome wild flower shyly turning away

How deeply I loved

How my heart fluttered at hearing faint song

I bless you

Before crossing the black river

With my soul's last breath

I am beginning to dream…

a bright sunny morning…

again I awake blinded by the light…

and meet you…

standing by me.

The first 135 mins of the film were great. At the end of the movie, when the narrator reads the final poem to close the film, NONE OF IT IS TRANSLATED. Then, the film froze and would not play. Even after refreshing the page, I can't get the film to resume from that point. What a frustrating experience!

I could not watch this movie. In just the first couple of minutes, it kept stopping and re-loading. I'm quite disappointed, as I was not only looking forward to watching "Poetry," but also considering signing up for Fandor. Please fix these kinds of problems. It's what I've learned to expect from Netflix and frustrates me no end.

Sincerely,

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