It's perceived as having less to it, than say, Voyage To Cythera or Landscape In The Mist, which is an opinion i definitely agree with.
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
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.