I was talking about this with someone and he said he didn't think it was one of Angelopoulos' more moving films, but I disagree wholly, this is a film that really shifts you, disturbs you and moves you. A masterpiece
Quite stunning, Mastroianni excells in a very challenging role.
A film of extraordinary vision, delicacy, beauty and poignant yearning,
Seemingly unburdened by memory, bees are believed to be happiest in cities these days. A matter of agricultural priorities diminishing the countryside, combined with our own affinity for potted flowers (not aspidistras mind you)? Cultivation certainly goes a long way in this film by, unsurprisingly, a man who no doubt understands both poetry, and the distinction between natural and positive law.
It took me two viewings to realise how good this was. The first time I saw it I thought it was good and very pretty. For some reason on the second viewing it overwhelmed me ... maybe if I was smarter and more articulate I could explain this better ...