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What is startling to me is that none of the reviews I've read seems to ponder about the film's title: Three Seasons. The purpose of the film is to expose the culture, the country, the people, and the soul of Vietnam. With this in mind, I feel the film is very carefully and meaningfully titled. The personality of a place is not in its name; the personality is defined by the experience that you have. Spring, summer, fall, winter all become meaningless. Every place has them. They don't mean anything. Names do not evoke emotions; only experiences do.
Three Seasons depicts Vietnam in three different scenarios: the moderate and beautiful scene of the lotus lake, the scrotching hot summer that the cyclo driver has to endure, and the rainy, foggy, chilly evening that the young boy is familiar with. And it's not just what they are, but also what happen, what people do. These are the personality of the place. Personality defines what something is, not names. How many seasons are they in your hometown?
The beauty of the film is the ability to blend all these seasonally contradicting scenarios into one natural interaction.Read more ›
Hai, a cyclo driver with a heart and mind, falls in love with Lan, a beautiful prostitute who fears emotional involvement. As their relationship progresses we come to know them as complex human beings. Their final scene together is beautifully filmed in an unforgettable setting of falling red leaves.
Woody, a street urchin, touches the heart as he moves through the rainy streets looking like a small ghost in his plastic rain poncho. Someone has stolen his case of contraband goods (US Marine lighters, watches, etc) and he has been told not to return until he gets it back. In the process he finds a new friend.
Keitel plays an ex-marine who is looking for the daughter he fathered during the war. Although his role is much smaller than the advertising would lead you to believe, he turns in a fine, ultimately moving performance in which facial expressions tell the story far better than words. (This is true of the whole film, in fact.)
In a larger sense, one might say that this film is about the search for meaning in an increasingly plastic and temporal society--represented by plastic, scented lotuses, Lan's heavy call-girl makeup, the bar scenes.Read more ›
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Three seasons is not a story about love. Nor is it a story about real people. This film is a story about Vietnamese nationalism in its truest sense: love of the people of Vietnam... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew Simon
Multiple story lines, beautifully depicted, beautifully filmed.Published on August 22, 2014 by Cheryl Wing
Loved this movie. In fact i bought it. Beautiful photography and a wonderfully told story. Vietnam is much more than that ugly war.Published on August 13, 2014 by Loren W. Christensen
Wierd multiple love stories in Vietnam wrecked by a completely needless sadistic love scene. Why oh why? Even IF you are a Harvey Kietel fan I would look elsewhere.Published on March 10, 2014 by Steven R. Severance
It says Japanese import so you might guess that it's Japanese but actually it's Korean.
And sadly because it's a first generation DVD so it's full screen 4:3 format. Read more