Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Korean director Kim Ki-duk's Buddhism-inspired fable takes place on a placid lake nestled among hills on which floats a small, one-room monastery housing two monks, one old and one young. The action takes place over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections denoted by the seasons of the title. While each section tells a story of its own, the overall plot follows the education of the younger monk, a small boy in the beginning, as he learns lessons over the course of his life from his aging counterpart. Troubled outsiders also visit the monastery seeking guidance, including an ill young woman and a man who murdered his wife. As the title suggests, the film's ultimate theme is cyclical renewal. Just as the seasons pass through phases of birth and death and rebirth, so do the lives of Kim's characters. … More
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Critic Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
The impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole.
A balm for the soul and a reminder that even in the frenetic city, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum.
As with most collections of short stories, some are more interesting than others. And the pacing is extremely slow -- almost meditative.
With its heart-stopping setting, gorgeous images and a lovely little story, it's as fresh as woodland dew.
Precious few movies are so agog with wonder at the absolute majesty of nature.
Truly remarkable, this is the most accessible of his films, to be sure, but there remains an edge that makes it all the more remarkable when the film settles in to be simply quiet and beautiful. Exceptional.
As the Buddhists might say, you have to experience it firsthand; reading about it is not enough
Hay momentos de sobrecogedora belleza (...) cuando logramos meternos dentro de un relato cargado de poesía como éste.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring provides an oasis from contemporary rhythms.
Spare and contained, with a timeless quality that makes it seem less a product of an individual human imagination than a collective memory...
This is one Eastern film that shows a world view that is very different than the Western view of the universe.
I'm sure over two dozen people have used the word 'meditative' to describe it, but, with its contemplative moments and exquisite use of natural color, the word simply fits.
a mystical primer on Buddhist spirituality, and an immediately absorbing story about lessons that we all must grapple with, regardless of faith and culture
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring may arrive cloaked in Buddhist theory but its premise is more Halloween than hallowed.
Action lurks beneath amazing images, meditative tone.
The Bressonian mixture of intense labor, bodily devotion, and the palpable breath of spirituality across the frames is a peak few films seek to scale, and even fewer attain.
it's a movie rich in Buddhist philosophies, yet full of incidents and observations that are easy to grasp, regardless of your beliefs.
Although not as gut-wrenching or politically pugnacious as some of his previous work, Kim's film allows a sense of moral renewal unclouded by sentimentality and without blurring his remarkable cinematic idiom.
Audience Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Not as offbeat as I was expecting (hence the "Not Interested" rating previously), but tolerable enough. Decided to give it a go, and found it relatively better than some other recent movies I risked watching!!More
One I watched in several sittings, which means I probably lost a little of the continuity throughout.
This film could almost qualify as a silent movie, with the focus on the visual impact of the setting, characters actions and the spiritual training and then through the changing of seasons and characters.
An enjoyable film, but can't quite put my finger on why!
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