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Poetry Review


Extraordinary
Is art about seeking beauty or honesty? Is it entertaining or emotive? Or is it about finding truth in an unfathomable situation? This ambitious drama asks big questions while telling a story that's both engaging and provocative. And in the end it's almost overpoweringly beautiful.

In a provincial Korean city, 66-year-old Mija (Yun) lives with her surly teen grandson Wook (Lee), whose mother has moved to find work. Mija is a carer for a grumpy stroke victim (Kim Hira) and, just as she's diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's, she learns that Wook is involved in a local schoolgirl's suicide. To take her mind off of these things, and perhaps to delay her illness, Mija enrols in a poetry class. And she begins to see her world in a new light.

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Oasis Review


Excellent
Something's going on in Korea. The movies coming out of that small, dynamic country just keep getting better, funnier, wilder, more violent, more transgressive, more moving, more "more."

Case in point, Lee Chang-dong's Oasis, a subversive slice of Seoul life that's both funny and heartbreaking and that would never get made in America, no way, no how. The center of this cinematic storm is Hong Jong-Du (Sol Kyung-gu), a young man who's just been released from prison after serving three years for hit-and-run manslaughter. There's something not quite right with the smiling, singing Jong-Du. He may or may not be retarded, but he's clearly got the worst case of adult ADD in town. He's jittery and unable to focus on even the shortest conversation. But once he gets an idea in his head... watch out.

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Oasis Movie Review

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