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Poetry (Shi) (12A)


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.

The critical consensus

Slow-moving but also deeply moving and satisfying.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 21/07/2011

Well-crafted and compelling, if a little inaccessible to western audiences...

****(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 25/07/2011

Devoid of the ultra-violence so often associated with Korean cinema, Poetry is quiet and unhurried, making its portrait of social bleakness all the more impactful.

****(*)Carmen Gray, Total Film, 27/07/2011

From Alzheimer’s, rape and suicide, Lee has created real poetry.

****(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 28/07/2011

In its sharp, understated fashion, Poetry offers a memorable answer: cinema, dying or not, must aspire to a condition of grace and of humanity.

*****Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 28/07/2011

She is making sense of her life: that is the "poetry" which is taking place, minute by minute, scene by scene.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/07/2011

What sane person...couldn't like this pellucid, extraordinary film?

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 28/07/2011

It is a beautifully acted, deeply moving tale that brings a lump to the throat.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/07/2011

A fascinating, satisfying film with a remarkable central performance.

Philip French, The Observer, 31/07/2011

This flawlessly constructed, bitingly intelligent film really does find poetry in the everyday – but a poetry as savage as it is contemplative.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 31/07/2011

Simple, moving, but multi-layered, one to stay in the memory.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 11/08/2011

Poetry (Shi) (12A)Image courtesy of Kino International

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General release. Check local listings for show times.

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