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  • Summary: Young-Chan is an accomplished poet who can no longer hear or see. He communicates with his wife Soon-Ho through finger braille, a unique form of communication where words are tapped on each other's hands. They rely on one another completely; even simple domestic tasks require complexYoung-Chan is an accomplished poet who can no longer hear or see. He communicates with his wife Soon-Ho through finger braille, a unique form of communication where words are tapped on each other's hands. They rely on one another completely; even simple domestic tasks require complex collaboration and everyday moments that most of us hardly notice become tender shared experiences. (Cinema Guild) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 27, 2012
    88
    Gentle, simply told love stories are as rare in documentaries these days as they are in narrative film. That alone makes Yi Seung-jun's Planet of Snail a standout.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 27, 2012
    80
    More often Planet of Snail evokes, in radiant detail, the mutual reliance that makes good partnerships work.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 23, 2012
    80
    A disability-centric documentary that moves viewers without resorting to trite devices, Seung-Jun Yi's Planet of Snail takes a condition most of us would find unbearable and demystifies it while finding room for poetry.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 13, 2012
    80
    Planet of Snail is simple, direct and magical. The warm, intimate story of a singular couple, it won the top prize at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and it will win you over as well if you give it the chance.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jul 23, 2012
    75
    Even with the heaviness of some of its subject matter, the documentary remains limpid and unsentimental until the very end, in keeping with its subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 25, 2012
    75
    With little story to speak of, Planet Of Snail is more of an experiential piece, closing in on the pleasure and wonder with which Young-chan takes in details like rain falling outside the window and the bark of a tree.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 13, 2012
    38
    The Korean documentary Planet of Snail is spare and unemphatic - too much so - with an abiding sweetness of spirit.

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