Director: Lee Chang Dong
Runtime: 139 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Sixty-something Mija works as a maid for a gruff, stroke-ridden man. At home, she cares for her daughter’s loutish son, whose mother abandoned them. But Mija remains a proud, whimsical woman with an inquisitive mind. However, her memory is going. Having always thought herself a poet, Mija enrolls in a class and has to write her first poem. Awaiting inspiration, she learns of her grandson’s part in gang-raping a girl, who has since killed herself. The other boys’ fathers want to bribe her mother, manipulating Mija into joining in. Instead, she does something unexpected. Poetry is an ode to the strength of elderly women, often dismissed in Korea, and a condemnation of male violence and the attempts to cover it up.
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