Mija (veteran actress Yun Jeong-Hee, who came out of a 16 year retirement from film to take on this role) is a beautiful grandmother in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. With warmth, elegance and a dash of eccentricity, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living caring for an elderly man who has been paralyzed by a stroke.
On a whim, Mija enrols in a poetry class at the local cultural centre and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to decribe her feelings.In the class she watches the teacher guide his students as they serach for the way to write their poem, plumbing their histories and their emotions. For Mija, who lives in a cramped apartment, the poetry class is a way to escape her mundane existence.
However, she's plagued by the onset of Alzheimer's disease, and struggles with familiar nouns and the challenges of the creative process. The breakthrough for Mija occurs when she discovers that her grandson Wook and five of his friends are implicated in the suicide of a classmate, who is found floating face down in a river after accusing them of rape. Mija's world is turned upside down by the discovery of this monstrous crime, and it is her unique and touching poetry that allows her to continue to embrace life.
Directed by novelist turned filmmaker Lee Chang-dong, Poetry is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment of an older woman who refuses to give up on life, and was the Best Screenplay winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival and has received a total of 17 domestic and international awards, including the coveted FIPRESCI award from the International Federation of Film Critics.
Mother will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Arrow Films on 28th November 2011 at the RRP of £15.99 for the DVD and £19.99 for the Blu-ray.
Extra features will include:
- Audio commentary with director Lee Chang-dong and critic Kim Young-jin;
- The Making of Poetry;
- On set with Lee Chang-dong and Yun Jeong-hie;
- The Legendary Actress: Yun Jeong-hie;
- Interview with Nae-sang Ahn;
- Korean Theatrical Trailer;
- UK Theatrical Trailer.