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South Korea, 2010, 139 Minute Running Time
Topics: Crime, Drama, Seniors, Women
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Korean English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (Best Script)

A woman takes up writing poems as a means of coping with her difficult grandson and the onset of cognitive problems in Lee Chang-dong's quietly haunting new film. The central figure is Yang Mija, a beautiful woman in her 60s whose warm, open demeanor finds expression in the bright-colored floral prints she likes to wear. She cleans house for an elderly man whom she also bathes, to his evident pleasure; visits a doctor who's concerned by her recent memory lapses; takes care of her sullen, unresponsive grandson, Wook, and, on a whim, signing up for a poetry class at the local community center.

When Wook and five of his friends are implicated in a monstrous crime, Mija is in desperate need of cash for a legal settlement. Director/writer Lee (Secret Sunshine PSIFF 2008), a fearless social critic, presents a patriarchal society that, under a smiling veneer of concern, tries to contain its problems by throwing money at them. Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Lee Changdong
Producer: Lee Joondong
Editor: Kim Hyun
Screenwriter: Lee Changdong
Cinematographer: Kim Hyunseok
Principal Cast: Yun Junghee, Lee David, Kim Hira
Filmography: Secret Sunshine (2007), Oasis (2002), Peppermint Candy (2000), Green Fish (1996)
Print Source: Kino International - www.kino.com

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