Spring Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring

Korea Pictures

Ki-duk Kim’s latest film “Spring, Summer, Fall,
Winter … and Spring” is a poignant Buddhist allegory
about the changes a life undergoes.

A young Buddhist boy is left in the care of a stoic monk who
lets the boy learn from his mistakes. As the seasons pass and the
boy ages, hormones flair when a sickly teenage girl is brought to
the temple for care. Lust and curiosity lead the growing boy to
pursue life away from his island temple with his young girlfriend,
and an unpredicatable turn of events brings the cycle of life back
to its origins.

“Spring” radiates with a hypnotic warmth that
captivates the mind through extended moments of silence and
inaction. The breathtaking cinematography gives
“Spring” a timeless naturalism.

The mood of the film changes abruptly with each season but
remains focused on the bond between the monk and his disciple.
Their relationship is a joy to watch, as it is acted with touching
realism that makes their failures feel personal.

“Spring” is a film that says a lot about life
without really saying much at all. Like the best of films, audience
reflection continues long after the credits roll and the continuing
discussion of the symbolism and the nuance firmly plants the film
in the mind of the viewer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

— Hussain Rahim

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