Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The picture's extraordinary beauty is inescapable."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Precious few movies are so agog with wonder at the absolute majesty of nature."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Somber, serene and stirring."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Spare and contained, with a timeless quality that makes it seem less a product of an individual human imagination than a collective memory..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This is as close to a Zen experience as the movies offer."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As with most collections of short stories, some are more interesting than others. And the pacing is extremely slow -- almost meditative."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Hay momentos de sobrecogedora belleza (...) cuando logramos meternos dentro de un relato cargado de poesía como éste."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"This is one Eastern film that shows a world view that is very different than the Western view of the universe."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A balm for the soul and a reminder that even in the frenetic city, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"With its heart-stopping setting, gorgeous images and a lovely little story, it's as fresh as woodland dew."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"As the Buddhists might say, you have to experience it firsthand; reading about it is not enough"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring provides an oasis from contemporary rhythms."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Slow, yes, but never boring and frequently moving."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, LYTRules.com
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