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This review is from: Le Quattro Volte [DVD] (DVD)
If you are going to watch a (near) silent movie, then Le Quattro Volte must be it.. Set in a mountainous village in Italy's Calabria region, the film is a beautifully paced and moving representation of a few days in the life of the village: Le Quattro Volte (the four times) refers to the Pythagorean belief that we are recreated as or composed of four elements, namely mineral, vegetal, animal and human. The opening scene shows the elaborate making of charcoal in a traditional local fabric and in succession we are shown a herd of goats and their old shepherd, a majestic tree being felled to be used in an Easter celebration, back to the goats and the death of the shepherd until the cycle comes to full circle again at the charcoal fabric.
No words can adequately render the visual beauty and poetry of this leisurely shot film, which provides reassuring evidence that good cinema is alive and the Hollywood blockbuster industry has not entirely taken over its space. This is one of those films that I would ask any potential friend to watch: if they don't like it, forget about delving deeper into the relationship!