Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
A masterpiece. Using non-professional actors, Ermanno Olmi has made a fascinating, impeccably powerful film that details the lives of poor villagers in turn-of-the-century Italy. Nothing particularly explosive happens in the story, but somehow the everyday goings on of these people, one struggling to keep her livestock healthy, another getting married and going to the city on her honeymoon, etc., are exquisitely memorable. At the heart of the ensemble is a destitute family whose child’s broken shoes provide for the shattering emotional climax. Olmi always made films that favoured simplicity over everything else, and here his artistry reaches a triumphal zenith.
Screenplay by Ermanno Olmi.
Cinematography by Ermanno Olmi.
Music by Fernando Germani.
Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.
Costume Design by Francesca Zucchelli.
Film Editing by Ermanno Olmi.