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Planet of Snail


Young-Chan lost his vision and hearing from a serious fever when very young. He often describes himself as a ‘snail’ since he has to rely only on his tactile senses, just as slowly as a snail, to communicate with others. Being unable to speak other’s language, he once believed he had been singled out from the world.
But his life changes dramatically when he meets and marries Soon-Ho, who is also disabled. The once lonely snail goes sleighing, swimming and writes essays, poems and even a script for a play, translating every experience into his unique words.


    An elegant and moving documentary about positivity in the face of hardship and of overcoming life’s obstacles
    Mark Adams
  • IndieWire
    Don't let the title fool you. It's not a nature documentary about snails. With impressive intimacy, "Snail" depicts a remarkably endearing relationship in Young-Chan and Soon-Ho. The
    manner in which the pair respect each other, laugh with one another - despite the complications of their situation -
    works as a significant testament to the potential of the human spirit and the power of love. It also gives a clear window
    into the lives of people facing what could clearly be a brutally lonely disability.
    Peter Knegt
  • Video Librarian
    Provides a lyrical immersion into this remarkable couple’s lives and routines… A Grand Jury Prize winner at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, this affecting portrait is recommended.
  • Educational Media Reviews Online
    A documentary film occasionally has the power to transport the viewer so completely into the world of its subject that the viewer emerges changed by the experience. Planet of Snail, in its intimate portrait of a Korean marriage, is just such a film… Recommended
    Kathleen Spring
  • New York Times
    The undercurrent in “Planet of Snail” is palpably inspirational. Young-chan is religious, but the film is evasive about identifying his faith. Above all he has a passion for nature. He studies the textures of bark and pine cones, and he exults in the feel of raindrops, the caress of a breeze, the sensation of being buried in the sand to his neck and of swimming underwater attached to a cable. Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception.
    By Stephen Holden

Festival Participation

  • International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)
    Best Feature-Length Documentary

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