Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.

  1. Lee Chang-dong

    Director, Writer

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Status Released

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  • February 11, 2011

Original Language Korean

Runtime 2h 19m

Budget -

Revenue $349,899.00

Homepage http://diaphana.fr/film/poetry



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