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Directed by Lee Chang-Dong
Film Movement Classics
139 Minutes
South Korea
Drama, Classics, Asian
Not Rated

Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life. Her quest for poetic inspiration begins with observing the everyday life she never intentionally took notice of before to find beauty within it. And with this, Mija is delightfully surprised with newfound trepidation as if she were a little girl discovering things for the first time in her life. But when she is suddenly faced with a reality harsh beyond her imagination, she realizes perhaps life is not as beautiful as she had thought it is.... New 4K restoration.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Lee Chang-Dong
  • Starring: Yun Junghee
  • Starring: Lee David
  • Starring: Kim Hira

Where to Watch




  • "Critic's Pick! An extraordinary vision of human empathy. [A] tour de force...."
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "Grade: A. Exquisite."
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Beautiful and moving...A masterpiece."
    Andrew O'Hehir,
  • "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
  • ""Poetry" is daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be."
    Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
  • "Sometimes you don't fully appreciate what a movie's doing to your heart until it's been shattered."
    Wesley Morris, Boston Globe