Mija has just been told by her doctor that she is in the early stages of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Living in a provincial South Korean city and working as a housemaid, she is raising her teen-age grandson while her daughter pursues a career in Seoul. Reserved and meek, Mija is at a loss to follow her physician’s suggestion to “try something new” to stimulate her mind. When she sees a sign advertising poetry classes at her local community center, she enrolls on a whim, but is too timid to participate and struggles to find a theme for a poem. When her world is turned upside down by the discovery her grandson is complicit in an assault leading to classmate’s suicide, her conflict with her inner integrity leads Mija to finally find inspiration to create a poem of beauty in a world that seems to hold only sadness and pain.
Winner of the Award for best screenplay at Cannes for the film, director and screenwriter Lee Chang-dong presents an intentionally deliberate story that takes us through Mija’s life and mind, as Mija gradually learns to make choices for herself. Actress Jeong-hie Yung won many honors for her riveting performance, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and Asia Pacific Screen awards.
Tickets on sale February 1 at Chapter One Bookstore