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Running Time 88 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jul 25, 2012
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Planet of Snail

Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. Young-Chan has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping each other's finger, they can understand one another; it is sometimes as if they are tenderly playing a piano. This documentary follows the couple in the same gentle tempo as Young-Chan moves through his life. We see them replacing a lightbulb… Show more

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September 12, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

The Korean documentary “Planet of Snail” is spare and unemphatic — too much so — with an abiding sweetness of spirit. It affords a window into the marriage of Young-chan, a writer who’s deaf and blind, and his wife, Soon-ho. He lost his sight and hearing after he had learned to speak (the film, which has no narration, doesn’t explain how he suffered the loss), so he has the ability to talk to her. She talks to him, too, but does her actual communicating to him by pressing her fingers into his hands to sign her words, in a tactile version of Braille. It is largely through touch that Young-chan experiences the world, which makes him akin to a snail, hence the film’s title.

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