The award-winning movie, "Planet of Snail", is a South Korean documentary about the power of the human spirit. It is also an extraordinary love story. The marriage of Young Chan, a writer, and his wife, Soon-Ho is an example of utter devotion and unity. Young Chan is blind-deaf and Soon-Ho has a spinal deformity that limited her height, so she is not very tall at all. Young Chan says he is even blind-deaf in his dreams. They communicate through a sort of braille, which they invented where she types on his hands ~ a beautiful thing.
Here are a few of their quotes from the movie that were especially meaningful:
Though no star has glittered in my eyes
I have never doubted
that they are shining bright in space.
I know the sun is still blazing under my feet even when it's dark.
One's sight and hearing are not something he has lost.
They are just wandering around far in space
and shall come back to their master all in good time.
Use your hand like a shield (in front if your face). That is how a deaf- blind person walks. [When you greet a person], you can't touch the lips in the first place. You need to start with the body, touching randomly, so that you know where his lips are. If you know the person already you
I've been deaf-blind since I was very young. My hearing was a little better then than it is now. I do remember the strange feeling of my eyesight failing me. So, I don't have a clear memory of seeing something. It's not different when it comes to hearing things. It's like being surrounded by a thick fog. Nothing's clear. I'm becoming very edgy. What I can't see in reality, I can't see in my dreams, because I am deaf blind even in my dreams.
Still I am an astronaut dreaming under my fingertips. [he is a writer]
Being isolated, without talking to anyone, I am left in space alone.
All deaf- blind people have the heart of an astronaut.
Young Chan LOVES trees. There is a touching moment at the 49:30 point in movie where he is so overcome by the feel of the bark and the smell of the tree.
Young Chan: I'm not worried. We'll always be together anyway: it seems we should die at the same time.
Soon-Ho: yeah, we'll be praying together when we feel the moment of death coming closer. We'll still pray when we'll be gone. And there should be no suffering.
Feeling heavy in my heart, I am dying to run wildly and freely. I run up in the air. At the speed of light I run across the universe. But all in my imagination only. I should read the realities of the earth, not only those of the universe.
It felt much colder when I was walking alone. Everybody is lonely I guess. [after spending a day apart from his wife].
Him: Stagnant water feels smooth and soft. When it drops it bursts and has a different feeling.
Her: when it rains heavily, when the land gets soggy, I fall in love with that smell when I'm in the countryside.
Young Chan:I wish I could save that smell.
Soon-Ho: in my heart.
Young Chan: do you like getting rained on?
Soon-Ho: when I feel like crying I go out in the rain and my tears get lost in the rain.