Be it the grand scale, the inflamed passions, or their universal themes, romantic epics have traditionally made for some of the most irresistible Oscar bait. That trend has been somewhat bucked in recent years, but there's something about the stillness of winter that feels like the proper time to sit down with some globe-spanning, heart-rending sagas. (Pictured: The English Patient)
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Directed by Lee Chang-dong
Lee Chang-dong's enigmatic Burning is making light work of most comers so far this awards season, and the skills on display there can be seen in 2007's Secret Sunshine, about a single mother who finds solace in Christianity and other avenues after her son is kidnapped.