Having returned to the Catholic Church, I want to share my passion about God and all I didn't know that I didn't know about the Catholic Faith the first time around. This is a Catholic centered blog about the faith, music, movies, books (especially fantasy), writing, and Catholic homeschooling in California.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Planet of Snail Review
"Planet of Snail" is one of the most compelling
films my daughters and I have seen in a long time. I heard Steven Greydanus
(from Decent Films) discuss it on Catholic Answers Live and it intrigued me so
much, I put it on my Netflix queue right away.
"Planet of Snail" is a documentary about a Christian Korean
couple. Each has a handicap. Young-Chan, a poet, is blind and deaf. His wife,
Soon-Ho has dwarfism, due to a spinal condition. They help each other
constantly, both in practical matters (such as changing a light bulb) and
It's a quiet, subtle film. I expected my twin daughters
(age 11) to lose patience with the slow pace, but they were as riveted as I was.
We three agree that the movie is a beautiful example of a deeply loving
It's not rated, but I feel it's suitable for all ages. There's
nothing sexual or violent. There was a bit of potty humor when they showed
Young-Chan's little clay sculpture of a guy peeing, but it's not a graphic
sculpture. My girls said, "Eww!" but I'm sure if one of my nephews
had been there, they'd be laughing.
Because of his blind-deafness, and also probably because
of his poetic disposition, Young-Chan approaches the world in a very sensual
way. Don't confuse what I'm saying with anything creepy. It's very beautiful
and pure. I'll give the most extreme example of this. In the park, he was
touching a tree and even hugging it. His fingers trailing over the trunk made
it seem as if he were reading its braille-like bark. It was rather lovely,
though his wife was a bit embarrassed.
I cannot recommend this film enough. I also want to
tell you about an app that compliments it. I put it on my iPad, but I think it would work on other touch
screen devices. It lets you play around with the braille-like finger language
of blind-deaf people. It's different than the finger spelling you might have
seen/read in the Helen Keller book/movie. It almost looks as if they're typing
on each other's fingers. Anyway, the app is called Love is Touch. Here's the
http://www.planetofsnail.com/Interestingly, when I go there on my computer, I get inforation about the film as well as the app, but when I go there on my iPad, I
see just the app. Anyway, it's worth checking out.