A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Lee Chang-dong's follow-up to his acclaimed SECRET SUNSHINE is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment -- and moral compass -- of an indefatigable older woman.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Ms. Yun's performance [is] a tour de force of emotional complexity that builds through restraint and, like Mr. Lee's unadorned visual style, earns rather than demands your attention.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 02.10.2011
[An] exquisite Korean drama by Secret Sunshine's Lee Chang-dong.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 02.16.2011
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.Justin Chang, Variety, 12.29.2011
"Poetry" is daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 05.05.2011