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Planet of Snail


Yi Seung-jun

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About the Movie

A wondrous documentary that's been winning over audiences around the world, Planet of Snail is a journey into the life of a most extraordinary couple. Young-Chan is an accomplished poet who can no longer hear or see. He communicates with his wife 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. Combining breathtaking imagery with Young-Chan’s personal writings, Planet of Snail becomes a transfixing portrait of life on what seems like another planet, where touch communicates everything and love conquers all.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 24, 2012

Fresh: "Planet of Snail" is simple, direct and magical. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 13, 2012

Fresh: Haunting doc about deaf-blind man handles heartbreaking subject with restraint. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, May 25, 2012

Fresh: "Planet of Snail" offers a precious moment of clarity and simplicity amid a chaotic and poisonous summer, and tells an unforgettable love story to boot. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 25, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Ignore the other, shockingly narrow-minded review - these two people are extraordinary, and I felt grateful to be able to spend and hour and a half with them. Planet of Snail is beautiful and moving, and one of the most touching romances I've ever seen on film. It requires patience, but is so worth it.

gender roles

This would be a much better story if it were a man sacrificing himself for a woman's needs. Then it would be noteworthy.

A woman sacrificing herself for a man's needs is just old news.

Planet of Snail
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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