Le quattro volte

Le quattro volte

DVD - 2011 | Italian
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With little dialogue, this film is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goatherder's soul as it passes from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. Director Michelangelo Frammartino was inspired by Pythagoras' belief in 'four-fold transmigration' of souls, but his film is far more physical than philosophical.

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Onewhoissaved
May 27, 2017

"Le Quattro Volte", 2010 is the based on the four phases of life according to the legend of Pythagoras. I always heard that Pythagoras was a mathematician. But, this film presents him in an entirely novel way to me. Why did I watch a film nearly 90 minutes long where there is no dialog about life in a remote mountain town in southern Italy? Something held my hand from the remote control. Maybe these people and their lives have something in common with me too. That was me coughing away at the end of my life while the goats wandered around in my home and nary a word of reproof from my dying lips. I especially was moved by the birth of baby goat and taking those first steps in a life that probably will be a replica of all the other goats. No social security numbers needed here folks. The plaintive call of the young goat finding itself separated from all the others moved me nearly to tears. This is one of the phases we all face: we suddenly find ourselves separated from everyone else and by the time we get out of the life's rut the way to go is a crap shoot.

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Nursebob
Jul 24, 2015

It is a rare thing indeed when such a small film manages to pack such a metaphysical wallop—throwing together elements of theology, mortality, and the whole circle of life with the ease of an old man untying his shoelaces. Shot around a medieval village nestled in the hills of Calabria, director Michelangelo Frammartino’s silent meditation on the nature of everything is free of dialogue relying instead on pastoral landscapes and the shuffling quotidian pace of the people and animals who inhabit it. An aging shepherd struggles to tend his flock, a tree is felled, a goat is born, and everywhere are scenes of religious devotion commingling with pagan ritual yielding results sometimes comical (a dressy Easter pageant goes awry), sometimes oddly moving (the old man tries to cure his ills by drinking water mixed with sweepings from the chapel floor). Bookended by two crucial scenes of fiery transformation Michelangelo presents his audience with three little deaths, each one subtly connected to the others, giving the impression of an unbroken cycle of life and rebirth stretching from past to future. It is this transient nature of existence that saturates every frame of his remarkable opus and Frammartino captures it all with the eye of a poet, filming light reflecting off dust motes as they settle on a church altar with the same solemnity as he does a dying man taking his final breath. And in one amazing eight-minute take he pans significantly up and down a rustic road while a yapping border collie proceeds to steal the show. "Le Quattro Volte" translates as “The Four Turns” and where those divisions lie is cunningly implied. Gentle and unassuming yet presented with the mastery of an oil painting, this is one picture that comes pretty close to being perfect.

ktnv Oct 24, 2014

This is a beautiful film, captivating from beginning to end.

Quimeras May 13, 2013

Questo non è un film per gli studenti della lingua italiana perché non c’è dialogo. Peró, è probabile che “Le Quattro Volte” piacerà agli amanti della natura.

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geomillar
Sep 04, 2012

Interesting little story... totally unpretentious and well worth seeing.

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durogoff
Sep 03, 2012

An exceptional film, delving deep into life mysteries. A philosophical poem in images - it has no dialogue - in its depth, on a level with Bergman's Seventh Seal, with wonderfully humorous scenes.A must.

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mjayh
Apr 20, 2012

A lovely work of art.

Glencoe_Mike Feb 06, 2012

A marvelous,moving, funny movie. Deceptively quiet.

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