Le Quattro Volte

Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

Synopsis

Inspired by Pythagoras’s belief in four-fold transmigration — by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral — Michelangelo Frammartino’s wondrous docu-essay traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of life in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

Film Info

Release Year: 2010
Running Time: 88
Color Type: Color
Country: Italy
Language: Italian with English Subtitles

LE QUATTRO VOLTE (The Four Times) is an ineffably beautiful meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goat herder'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. In gorgeous long takes, he captures the daily routines of the herder, a baby goat, an imperious tree and a humble charcoal kiln. Plus there is a scene-stealing cameo from a stubborn sheepdog, who hilariously interrupts an Easter Procession.

Working as both a spiritual investigation and a documentary of Calabrian life, LE QUATTRO VOLTE's placid surface hides a complex understanding of humanity. Everything is connected in Frammartino's sublimely mystical universe, in which he finds both humor and pathos in the hypnotic rhythms of everyday life.

Cast

    Giuseppe Fuda (Shepherd)

Crew

  • Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Written by Michelangelo Frammartino

Festivals / Awards

Official Selection: Cannes (Europa Cinema Label/Best European Film), Telluride, Toronto, New York

Reviews

"Its view of nature is among the most profound, expansive and unsettling I have ever encountered on film...Mr. Frammartino's eye for both comedy and mystery produces compositions that are so strange and memorable that they seem to reinvent the very act of perception." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Grave, beautiful, austerely comic...Pretty darn sublime." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

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Photos

  • Giuseppe Fuda
    • A Goat
      • Giussepe Fuda