Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring


May 4, 2013 by Mithil


I am sure all of us had our share of fables from our elders, the spooky ones, the ones that instilled dread or the ones that addressed moralities in a wider range. We have been told, instructed and fed the societal do’s and don’ts. Desire is the prime enemy of human being and that it leads to other ruinous consequences such as greed, revenge etc. We are protecting our sons and daughters from the crimes of the world from the clutches of the ‘men’. But doesn’t that conceal the intrepid nature of a man and the basic need to confront the  unpredictable.

Directed by the famous Ki-duk Kim , this Korean drama paints the tail of a monk (master) and his lone disciple. The most gratifying thing about the story is it’s location. Their settlement consist of a raft with a roof,  floating in a lake well cushioned inside a tropical valley.  It is to my understanding that the master well known as the holy one, is noted for his healing abilities. The story is well knitted piece of individual moral speeches well represented across the various seasons. Most of the scenes in the movies starts with a soothing and serene movement of camera across the lake which also nestles the masters house. I don’t think I have ever felt so much at peace revelling on the tranquillity of the scenes.

The characters and the behaviour of the boy is seen transient across seasons which does arises a smoke of confusion around the movie.  But pondering helps as it reiterates the changing behaviour of a human being over a period of time as he experiences the world around him.  When the boy surrenders to sexual lust and copulates with a patient of master, he doesn’t object which I half expected he would. He instead goes on to say that sex may have cured his patient which is very magnanimous (and expected )  of master.

Maybe the slate is not as clean as it appears to be, intermittently either I was lost or the message the director wanted to convey. The mother with a veil over her face  was one of the scene that I was unable to comprehend as it refused to show the mothers face.

In December last year I failed to catch the screening of Pieta, but thankfully some of the people who did caught up with it recommended me to watch out for the man, Ki-duk Kim. Well evident from this movie to me that he is no regular filmmaker. Here he enthralled me with his deep study of Buddhism, his ability to hold your mind even when stillness is the orator. I have no doubt that even the actors are superior in their portrayal.

In the end when the new boy does the same mistakes, you tend to believe that this is the circle of life. We are meant to go through all the pain and calamities to know the real meaning of life. The movie is sure watch for the patient ones.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) on IMDb 8.0/10
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2 thoughts on “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

  1. vinnieh says:

    Excellent review, I’ve been meaning to watch this for ages now.

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