Austere and poetic short about a rural community. De Seta captures with a rare sense of immediacy the ties (of women) to the soil and the labor in the fields and the household is portrayed with an understated religious and ontological dignity. The scene of a mother putting her daughter to bed contains one of those epiphanic moments of universal truth. Patriarchy may be bracketed, but it's a masterpiece.
i think it was rouch who said about "ethnographic" filmmaking that it was the most unexpected, most mundane moments in a person's day to day life, those things a narrative filmmaker would never dream of including in their movie, that have a power to "force a bewildering reality" on the viewer. this is like a 5 minute demonstration of this principle
So beautifully ordinary. These women are nothing short of artificers. The scene in which they're kneading the dough is one of my favourite scenes of all time. Gorgeously muted color palette. Simply in love.