Dir. Lee Chang-dong
(2011, Not Rated, 139 min)

Lee Chang-dong directs Poetry with such subtlety and grace that you might not notice it was directed at all, and in this case I mean that as a compliment. There’s no musical score, and he films with unfussy static shots and pans whose simplicity belies their frequent beauty. The story seems just to unfold, captured spontaneously by a camera that watches the action and somehow conveys the startling depth of emotion without seeming to try. I saw Lee’s last film, Secret Sunshine, at the 2007 New York Film Festival, but it didn’t get a US theatrical release until 2010, when I ranked it as the year’s best film. Here is another film of the same caliber. Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.