Eastbourne Film Society will be screening the South Korean film Poetry at the Curzon at the end of November. Written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, Poetry is a beautiful and haunting work which is explores themes of death and memory. It is, apparently, not an easy watch as is requires a level of patience that is more unusual for contemporary cinema, but this is ultimately highly rewarded.
Yang Mija (Yoon Jeong-hee) stars as a grandmother in her sixties who has been left to care for her irresponsible grandson, Wook, as his mother lives away. Coping on a limited income, Mija discovers she is developing Alzheimer's and enrols on a poetry course at the local community college. As a teenager, she was told she has a poet's soul and this will be her last chance to write a poem before Alzheimer's destroys her mind. After one class, Mija is approached by the father of one of Wook's friends. She is horrified to discover that the boy is one of a group responsible for repeated sexual attacks on a girl at their school. The girl has now committed suicide. Mija is asked to donate money to the girl's family, ostensibly to express sympathy for their loss, but also with the underlying reason to buy their silence.
Curzon, Wed 28th Nov, 14:05, 16:45, 19:30.
Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50.
Available by calling 01323 731441 (3pm to 7pm) or in person at the Box Office.