A group of elders gathers in a hunting lodge and recalls the life of Mario “de’ Marcella”, a man who lived in a cave over 60 years of his life. Why he chose to live a solitary existence is unknown. Perhaps it had something to do with a mysterious and tragic event of his childhood.
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Beautiful story about a man told from outside perspectives. The simple cinematography worked perfectly with the style of this film. The interviews were interesting to watch and how the men interacted with each other was very humorous.
What a gem! The tale these old timers are telling is really inconsequential. They could be talking about anything really. The real treat is just listening to them talk and getting a glimpse into their quickly disappearing, old, rural way of life. And that ending... What a pay off! Meditative, poetic, sad, and beautiful.
What a wonderful film about the isolation created by stories, misconceptions, and haunting pain. No one can know what it is like to simply live this mans life for one moment of that solitude until they live it themselves. So much more --- watch the very end! Bravo!
I like films that show me something I haven't seen before. This was an Italy unlike what you see in travel shows, rural and densely wooded. It reminded me of parts of New England and Wisconsin... brush so thick it was hard to see through. I also thought about Cesar Pavese's novel "The Moon and the Bonfires." The end was very poetic... singing snakes etc.
The films starts out seeminly exploring group thinking, gossip, and long term friendships. I liked that part of the movie, especially watching these men cook and spend time together. But the ending, with that close look at a life live in contact with nature, is remarkable. I wish the movie wasn't leaving today - I must watch that ending again.