Le Quattro Volte (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.5.

Alternate title:  The Four Times

Italy/Germany/Switzerland, 2010.  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Michelangelo Frammartino.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

The Pythagorean theory of the soul’s four-fold transmigration is rendered on film as a wordless meditation on life and nature. We first observe an elderly Calabrian sheepherder who believes that good health comes from putting the dust from a cathedral floor into his water. Following its existence in human form, the soul goes from animal to vegetable to mineral as a goat is born, a tree is felled and then used in a charcoal kiln. Considering its high concept, the film is surprisingly not pretentious or lofty at all, but told with such straightforward honesty and curiosity that it comes across as beautiful and serene. Plus there’s that wonderful dog who interrupts the church procession.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2010


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