The Four Times

The Four Times  {Le Quattro Volte}
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The Four Times
Le Quattro Volte
Italy, 2010, 88 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany / Switzerland
Topics: Documentary, Drama, Environment
Program: True Stories
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

A gentle and amusing observational parable, The Four Times leads viewers silently through windows, fields and seasons into a quiet state of wonder at the simple beauty of the cycle of life. If you are looking for plot, action or narrative, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is pure poetry – a palate cleanser between cinematic feasts.

Somewhere there are traffic jams, rising tempers and deafening noises. But here, in a mountain village tucked away in Calabria, a fragile old goat herder tends to his flock. One night he realizes that he is missing a crucial ingredient in his bedtime drink that he believes sustains him: the dust from the church floor, which he mixes with water. He passes away that night. A goat is born but soon gets separated from its flock. A majestic tree watches over as it submits to the elements: life goes on. Inspired by Pythagoras’ theories of the transmigration of souls, and the idea that animal, mineral and vegetable are all one, director Michelangelo Frammartino has created a wordless meditation on life, the messages of which lingers well beyond the credits.

DIRECTOR: Michelangelo Frammartino
Producer: Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober, Gabriella Manfre, Andres Pfaeffli
Editor: Benni Atria, Maurizio Grillo
Screenwriter: Michelangelo Frammartino
Cinematographer: Andrea Locatelli
Principal Cast: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano
Filmography: The Gift (2003)
Print Source: Lorber Films -

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