Le Quattro Volte
Foreign Language / Art
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Running time: 88 mins Released: 27th May 2011
About Le Quattro Volte
A sort of fable set in rural Italy, the film charts the life and eventual death of a shepherd. We follow him as he goes about his day and are introduced to this quiet village's inner life. Hypnotic in its quiet intensity, 'Le Quattro Volte' presents the idea that we are all made up of four elements: human, animal, vegetable and mineral; as the title implies, we live four times over. Death is a shared experience, not to be feared, and the director's gently wandering camera judges death and life with the same unwavering eye. The old man is no different from the batch of charcoal being made or the goats who run amok through the village. Themes of reincarnation and the cyclical nature of the universe are subtly shown through the various events taking place in the village. There is very little dialogue – instead director Frammartino lets events happen organically in this engrossing ode to all living things.