Le Quattro Volte explores Pythagoras' transmigration of the soul through human, animal, plant, and mineral: each "phase" contributes to the town it occupies, implying the soul not as an entity connected to a spiritual being, but as energy that cannot be made or destroyed, only passed between the four "elements". Wonderfully shot, wonderfully told.
Isn't film maybe death, 24 times a second? And millions of small transmigrations? After the movie, when my consciousness had resumed it's position in the mundane world, that's sort of what seemed must've happened. Some sort of transcendence. Some passage. Something encompassing and sublime. Also goats! (So many goats!!) There's really no way to do this film justice. Uncannily inspired filmmaking.
One you settle into the film's rhythm you're really swept up in an unusual and transcendent cinematic journey. I won't pretend I fully got everything the film tries to communicate upon my first viewing (missed it in theatres, could kick myself now for it), but at all times I was confident I was in the hands of a master. A beautiful, enigmatic and poetic film that celebrates life. I want to see it again and again.
"Las cuatro estaciones" es una película centrada en la repetición. La repetición de encuadres, personajes y escenarios; planteados en distintas situaciones y con diversos tonos. Ésta ofrece a la audiencia un retrato bello, alegre y en ocasiones triste, de un pueblo rural en Italia. Sin una sola línea de diálogo, por momentos, resulta de los más cómica. Los personajes tienen algo de Herzog, especialmente los animales.
kind of made me hate humans, they're looking so out of world in this film, such strangers in a beautiful scenery. it broke my heart when that careless shepheard just lost the baby goat... and I hated how they humiliated that tree. loved how so much is being told just through pictures and sounds.
Pretty solid - it's got me eager to return to it in a couple days. Aspects of the direction and aesthetics reveal shades of Costa and Koppel's Sleep Furiously. Frammartino's self discipline in maintaining the film's subtle nuances is immense, reflecting the Pythagorean life cycles with an absolute economy of visual storytelling.