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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring(봄 여름 가을 겨울 그리고 봄)

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Korea, Germany

2003

Rated R • 1h 43m

Director Kim Ki-duk

Starring Kim Ki-duk, Kim Young-min, Ha Yeo-jin, Oh Yeong-su

Genre Drama

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At a secluded monastery in the Korean wilderness, a young Buddhist apprentice is trained by an old monk. Divided into segments based on season, this film recounts the life of the apprentice from youth to old age as he faces various obstacles to his faith.

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90

The New York Times by Dana Stevens

An exquisitely simple movie. Mr. Kim manages to isolate something essential about human nature and at the same time, even more astonishingly, to comprehend the scope of human experience.
90

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

As meditative and beautiful as its title would indicate. What is a surprise is the extent to which it manages to be involving if you can put yourself on its wavelength.
70

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

It IS a little obvious, but that's the way it goes with spiritual enlightenment. The film's lessons are plain--spoken aloud, even--and deal with the close relationship between what can be shed in this life and what binds people to the world in spite of their best efforts to purify.
91

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The triumph of ''Spring, Summer'' is that even those of us who don't happen to be Buddhists can catch a glimpse of ourselves in the spinning wheel of hope, destruction, suffering, and bliss.
90

L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

The film unfolds at a deliberate pace, with a soundtrack occupied less by dialogue than by the sounds of water flowing and crickets chirping. And if you listen carefully enough, you might just hear the sound of one hand clapping.

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