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A epic film that captures the loss of rural innocence.
on 5 March 2002
Olmi's beautifully shot film shows how rural Italian life is slowly destroyed by the coming of industrial society. A way of life unchanged for centuries - several families living in one huge rambling courtyard and working the land - collapses under the pressure of the growing town. But this is not a dry exercise in sociology: the characters are varied, convincing, tragic, comic and alive. The pace is slow but the rewards are great. You feel you've known these people and you miss them. There is story too, plenty of it, but it is the lives that matter. You wont forget it.