Planet of Snail
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2012. Finland/Japan/S. Korea. Seungjun Yi. 87 min. Color. Documentary.
International Film Festival Amsterdam: Winner, Best Documentary Prize
SilverDocs Film Festival: Winner,Sterling Award for Best World Feature
Tribeca Film Festival: Official Selection
Hot Docs Film Festival: Official Selection
CRITICS' PICK! ". A quietly emotional and valuable documentary. Inspiring. This is a perfect date movie." - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
"Powerful. A significant testament to the potential of the human spirit and the power of love." - Indiewire
"An absolute Gem! There's not only more joy here than the subject implies but also more profund insight into what it means to be human." - Mark Kermode, The Observer (London)
"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." - Screen Daily
"Cinematic love stories don't come more convincing or singular than this. 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." - The Village Voice
"A remarkable depiction of love, understanding, and patience." - Ioncinema
"Rich in lyrical moments and even humor." - Variety
Young-Chan is deaf and blind. He learned to speak when he was very young, but soon after lost his sight and hearing. He lives with his wife, Soon-Ho, who is his soul mate, an inseparable part of his life, and a window to the outside world. They communicate with one another through finger braille, a unique form of touch-based sign language in which words are tapped on each other's hands.
Young-Chan and Soon-Ho rely on each other completely. Even simple domestic tasks require complex collaboration, like the changing of a light bulb on the ceiling. And everyday moments that most of us hardly notice become tender shared experiences, like feeling the bark of a tree, smelling pine cones on a spring morning, or the sensation of raindrops on the skin.
However, Young-Chan must be able to survive on his own. One day, as Soon-Ho waits anxiously at home, Young-Chan embarks on the biggest adventure of his life.
Breathtaking imagery coupled with Young-Chan's personal writings create a transfixing portrait of life on what seems like another planet, where touch communicates everything and love conquers all.