Planet Of Snail review

The story of a planet where deaf and blind people live and one is just desperate to be understood.

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South Korean Young-Chan is the ‘snail’ of Yi Seung-jun’s prize-winning documentary.

Deaf and blind, he’s reliant on his tactile senses, using finger-tapping to communicate.

His wife Soon-ho has a debilitating spinal problem, so what emerges is a touching study (in more ways than one) of the trials, terrors and triumphs of living with physical disability.

Never patronising nor begging for sympathy, it attempts to show how this couple experience the world, from the sensual delights of walking along a seashore to the very real ordeal of changing a light bulb.

Shame the pace is so snail-like.

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