Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.
It is both a simple and complex story - the story of a life, catching all seasons of development of man: innocence of childhood - so quickly lost unfortunately, mistakes of the young age, tragedies of maturity , and wisdom coming with the old age.
The film is filmed at one location of a cut-breathing beauty. Beauty of nature is being maximized by the art of the camera. The soundtrack has little dialog, but the expressiveness of the actors makes the dialog useless. You feel the drama, you do not need to hear the words, and the music says more than words.
There are a lot of symbols in this movie, and I probably lost most of them because they belong to the Budhist culture. There are however many other symbols that speak to the European spectator - the cycles of life, the rhythms of nature, the magic figure 4, like the number of seasons of the year, or like the number of parts in classic symphony, the unity of space as in Greek tragedy, and time - one life instead of one day, all give to this creation a wonderful symmetry and equilibrium.
Worth seeing, this is a film that will make the delight of anybody who believes like I do that cinema is an art.
- Jun 25, 2005