Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Writer and director – Lee Chang-dong
Starring: Yoon Jeong-hee – Mija
If you’re wondering how to make sense of the senseless
See Poetry where a quiet older woman reforms ugliness
Because you’ll find your own poet within
A film is a film is a film except when it inspires the viewer to poetry. Such was it for me. Perhaps for you as well. (See below.)
“My arm tingles”
“Like the wires”, she points upward.
“Like electricity” the doctor gives her words.
Nouns go first, then verbs
Before the heart sinks
After a young girl’s suicide
A mother looks on
Five fathers, one grandmother
Six sons not to be detoured
Sex and silence
No words passed
No place for an old woman
Left without reference
Left without direction
Left without place
She follows the girl into the river
Young stripped of words
A heart so full of sorrow sinks
The invisible disappear
This is the way it happens.
Article written by Jane Alexander Stewart
Newtopia staff writer Jane Alexander Stewart, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles who writes essays about mythic themes in film, creates “Myth in Film; Myth in Your Life” seminars for self-exploration and travels a lot. Her film reviews have been published in the San Francisco C.G. Jung Library Journal, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture and Los Angeles Journal of Psychological Perspectives. Jane’s popular essay on “The Feminine Hero in The Silence of the Lambs” appears in the anthology, The Soul of Popular Culture, and in The Presence of the Feminine in Film as one of its authors. She’s also presented myth in film programs at Los Angeles County Museum, University of Alabama and C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. A collection of her reviews and other writing can be found at www.CinemaShrink.com.