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DIRECTED & PHOTOGRAPHED BY SEUNG-JUN YI

A love story like no other. He is tall and thin and very handsome, but cannot see or hear. She is tiny with a strikingly beautiful face. South Koreans Young-Chan and Soon-Ho are a loving married couple who communicate through finger braille (a touch-based sign language which she taps into his palm; he responds verbally). Often he carries her on his shoulders and together they accomplish ordinary domestic tasks to which the rest of us wouldn’t give a second thought. Young-Chan is an accomplished poet and his writings imbue the film with an other-worldly sensibility that reflects his self-image as a snail or as an astronaut. It is tempting to see them as characters from a fairytale, cursed by an evil spell. In reality, the extraordinary love which passes between them suggests the opposite: that they are blessed with immeasurable happiness the rest of us would be fortunate to experience.

SOUTH KOREA • 2011 • 89 MINS • IN KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • CINEMA GUILD

REVIEWS

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“Cinematic love stories don’t come more convincing or singular than this understated doc. Neither sentimentalizes nor heroicizes his subjects and instead lets their personalities and idiosyncrasies lead the way. You’ll never look at a light bulb the same way again.”
– Eric Hynes, Village Voice

*****! 5 STARS!
[highest rating]
“(A) brilliant portrait.”

– De Volkskrant (Holland)

“Elegant and moving. It’s a real joy. An unusual break-out documentary. Gentle, lyrical and thoughtfully constructed, the film is a delicate delve into the world of disability. A memorable film. A delicate and entrancing film, beautifully structured and never maudlin. Its sheer sense of zest for life is enchanting.”
– Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“Rich in lyrical moments and even humor.” – Leslie Felperin, Variety

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