Synopsis: A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chang-dong Lee
Production: Kino International
  24 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min



YUN Junghee

LEE David KIM Hira

Director of Photography/

KIM Hyunseok

Production Designer/

SIHN Jeomhui

Editor/ KIM Hyun

Sound Supervisor/

LEE Seungchul (WaveLab)

Co-producer/ LEE Dongha

Executive producers/

YOUM TaesoonCHOI Seongmin

Co-executive producers/

Michel Saint-Jean JUNG MyungsooLEE Seungho

Producer/ LEE Joondong


Written and directed by/

LEE Changdong


-Ms. YANG Mija


This way

What's wrong?

My arm

My right arm feels prickly

Does it hurt here?

No, it doesn't hurt,

it just feels prickly


That thing is passing through

What's it called?

It's been like this lately

It's... like energy


-Right, electricity!

It's like electricity's

passing through

I'm forgetting words lately

Yesterday, I couldn't


I could only remember, 'Clorox.'

We used to call bleach, 'Clorox'

back in the old days

How long have you

been like this?

For the past couple of days

No, your forgetfulness

When did it start?

When did it start?

Maybe this summer or spring?

How old are you, ma'am?

Sixty five, no, sixty six

Your arm's prickly because

the muscles are in knots

Start some light exercising

I'm more concerned that you

can't remember words

It could be a bad sign

I recommend you get an

overhaul at a big hospital

A big hospital?

Yes, like a big general hospital

in Seoul

I'll write a reference for you

I'm at the hospital

My arm feels prickly

It's continues feeling prickly

I kept telling myself to see

a doctor and I finally did

Who else would come

with me, you idiot?

Your mom's okay

Others my age usually suffer

from neuralgia or arthritis

I'm okay

Don't cry, mom...

How could you be so cruel!

How could you...

You can't go way like this!

Where are you! Where did she go!

Oh god!

You cruel wench!

Where is she?




-You're here

You're a little late

I went to the hospital

He called twiceI received two calls, asking

why you weren't coming

Dad, the maid's on her way up

This one, this one

Sit still! I told you

to sit still!

Stop it!

How will I undress you

if you resist like this?

Right, that's it

Pull this leg out

That's how you do it

Is it hot? It's okay, isn't it?

Sit still!

Sit still, I say! Stop it!

-Why are you shouting?


What's that?

My hearing... so why...?

Your hearing is fine so

why I am shouting?

I'm sorry

I won't shout again

Sir, I'll be leaving




-I said, are you done?

-Yes, I'm done


-What do you mean?

It's already been 3 hours

I did the laundry, the cleaning

and all my chores


Thank you, sir


tell anyone...

I gave it to you


How generous!

Thank you

Did he yell at you today?

Of course he did

I doesn't matter cause

I yelled back at him


-He gave me 10,000Won

-He did?

But he told me not to tell anyone

When it's only 10,000Won

My father-in-law is

notorious for being stingy

He must really like you. To give

you an amount like that

Anyway, do you always look

so chic like that?

Do I look chic?

I'm not chic at all

Where is it? Not again

What are you looking for?

What's that thing?

I can't remember the word

What you put money in

It's this big

A wallet?

That's it, a wallet!

Where's my wallet?

What's this?

I'm so out of it these days

At the hospital

I saw something...

A local middle school girl's

body was found in the river

And brought to the hospital

They said it was suicide

by jumping off the bridge

The poor girl's mom was

totally out of her mind...

-I'll be on my way.

-See you the day after tomorrow

The deadline's over

What're you drying?

Did your daughter call?



Are you home, Wook?

Why's the music on so loud?

You'll bring down the house

What's wrong?

Are you feeling sick?

Don't bother

I called you during the day

but you weren't answering

I never got your call

How can you say that

when I called twice

I'm not lying

It's cause my mobile's junk

Buy me a new one

I'm annoyed with my mobile

You just bought it, so why

do you need a new one?

-But I had it for 1 and 1/2 yr

-No you didn't

I got it during the 1 st semester

of my 2nd year

Which only shows how

carelessly you've used it

You're sprouting a moustache,

but acting like a child

Why'd you call anyway?

I heard a girl in your school

killed herself...

by jumping into the river

I wanted to ask you about it

Ask me what?

Who she was, why'd she

kill herself that young

I don't know her that well

What's her name?

Why do you need her name?

Aren't you in the same grade?

I don't know everyone

in the same grade

Grandma can't afford a new

mobile. Ask your mom for one

What? That's not fair!

Hey! Play with a bit

more spirit

This is no fun

Just try

The doctor told me to exercise

What are you doing?

Where are you going?

Gotta go see my buddies

You shouldn't go out

at this hour!

The electricity bill's

quite high this month

Wook's always on the computer...

playing music all the time

He even sleeps with the music on

How am I supposed to scold him?

Well what can I say?

He's the master of the house


The Cultural Center

To learn poetry

What? Right

I do have a poet's vein

Right. I do like flowers

and say odd things

I'm here for the literary class

Literary class?

But it's all closed

I know...

But can't you accept

one more person?

I don't know...

I really want to take this class

How should we deal with this?

To write poetry, you must

see WELL

The most important thing

in life is seeing


See. It's to see

-We live seeing things


It's important to see everything

surrounding us well

Now, I've brought

something with me

What is it?

-An apple

-Yes, it's an apple

I went out of my way to bring it

I'm a well-prepared teacher

Others are not as well-prepared

as I am

Now, about this apple

How many times have you

seen an apple?

A thousand?

Ten thousand?

A million? Wrong

You've never seen

an apple before

Not even once

Up till now, you haven't

seen an apple for real

To really know what an apple is...

to be interested in it,

to understand it,

to converse with it

is really seeing it

Gazing at it for a while

and observing its shadow...

feeling its every curve,

turning it around,

taking a bite out of it,

imagining the sunlight

absorbed in it...

That is really seeing it

If you really see something,

you can feel...

something naturally,

like water gathering in a spring

You should prepare

paper and a pencil,

and wait for the moment to come

Empty white paper...

A world of pure potential,

a world before creation...

This is the perfect

moment for a poet

Hold your pencil over

that pure paper...

I love pencils

When I place a well-sharpened

pencil over a piece of paper,

I feel full

My heart flutters with the hope

of writing a good poem

I love sharpening pencils

The very fun of a pencil

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