Spring Summer Autumn Winter… and Spring

Directed by Kim Ki-duk

Those familiar with South Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s violent films THE ISLE and BAD GUY will be surprised to encounter his latest, this serene and breathtaking meditation on the essence of life. Centred upon the cycle of seasons, it traces the isolated life of an old and young monk who live as hermits in a monastery floating on a mountain lake. The old man teaches his disciple how to live life by Buddhist values, from youth to adulthood, facing temptations from beyond their haven. This visually entrancing cinematic poem is moving in a quiet, spiritual manner, mixing poignancy with little flashes of humour. The recipient of countless festival awards, it was South Korea’s official submission to the 2004 Oscars.

103 minutes

Country of origin:
Germany and South Korea

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