Le Quattro Volte

Le Quattro Volte

Michelangelo Frammartino (2010)

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Taken simply, this is a poetic treatise on the cycle of life that centres on an ailing goatherd and one of his mischievous flock, a felled fir tree and a charcoal kiln. However, Michelangelo Frammartino also shows how the changing seasons in a remote part of Calabria help explain Pythagoras's concepts of transmigration and the indivisibility of matter. It sounds forbidding, but the director draws on his own local knowledge and the distinctive styles of Robert Bresson and Jacques Tati to fashion a study of faith, ritual, nature and folklore that is both profoundly moving and delightfully droll. The scenes of ageing Giuseppe Fuda swallowing church dust to counter a niggling cough are matched for poignancy by the fate of the lost kid goat. A long take capturing a Good Friday procession is both amusing and accomplished, while the constant juxtaposition of animal, vegetable and mineral is as sublime as Andrea Locatelli's glorious photography. In short, this is a masterpiece.


Events in a small hilltop village are followed over the course of a year, including the story of an ageing shepherd trying to fend off death, a lost goat seeking shelter from a storm and a tree's journey from being felled for use in a religious festival. Drama, starring Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timano and Nazareno Timpano. In Italian.

Cast & Crew

Old shepherd Giuseppe Fuda
Serra San Bruno charcoal miner Bruno Timpano
Serra San Bruno charcoal miner Nazareno Timpano
Director Michelangelo Frammartino

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 May 2011