New York Film Festival – Le quattro volte / The Four Times

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26 September

New York Film Festival

Le quattro volte / The Four Times
Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010
 Italy/Germany/France, 88m
A Lorber films release.

Michelangelo Frammartino traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of people in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Home of Pythagoras – where dust is the soul become visible.

Smoke from the Earth. A sick old man and his goats. A dusty church is under water, it produces medicine. David Lynch.

The rhythm of village life. Cross, Roman Soldiers, Christ – pageant. A dog and a truck. Escape of snails and goats. Death and the low frequencies.

An amazing sequence, a triumph of comic timing, done in one take. The old man’s dog first barks to move people around, then removes a stone block holding a truck, which then crashes into the goat pen and releases them. Not to be missed.

A little goat lost – “Maa!” A big tree and the solemn death of a kid.

Observational. Episodic – seemingly unconstructed. Frederic Wiseman. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The story of charcoal. Film as memory and history.

The director lived with shepherds and goats for two years in the village of his family.

Winner of Palme Dog at Cannes. Only professional was the dog.

Dust is the projection on the screen.