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Review: Planet of Snail

Overcoming physical challenges
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 4, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

Patience is a necessity in the lives of Young-chan, a man who's been deaf and blind from a young age, and his wife Soon-ho, a woman who despite her own physical challenges helps him accomplish tasks both modest and awe-inspiring. Witnessing their love story in South Korean director Yi Seung-jun's artfully conceived documentary at first takes some patience, until its melding of Young-chan's poetry (he can speak, and recites in voice-over) and of the couple's day-to-day life hits a pleasing stride. Young-chan's uniquely active mind produces not only poetry but also a play (although he's never seen one), plus he's taking a Hebrew class. Nature provides sensual pleasure for Young-chan, whether sledding in an inner tube or coaxing Soon-ho into joining him in hugging a tree. As they discuss the smell of rain, Soon-ho's fingers tap Braille onto Yung-chan's, and the filmmaker focuses on the falling water, reminding us of sights and sounds we take for granted.

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