An unsettling tale of familial poverty and hardship and of a father undone by the hardships perhaps fallen upon him. Is this then a tale of generational cycles of lost hope and perpetual cruelty? The farmer's son is brought into service at a very young age and treated with absolute cruelty through to his adult years. But there is hope for him, even if not redemption for his father. A powerful, daring and moving film.
I found this a bit schematic, and closer to a conceptual map than a a story of characters coming to life (ironically as it is based on a true life story). But that didn't bother me as I found the symbols powerful. Mostly associating the father figure to a master, someone who owns you, everything you have and your education. A good rebellion film that doesn't take sides.
Una película con estilo atípico para ser italiano. Los Taviani realizan un filme biográfico que no pone como personaje principal al protagonista de dicha biografía, sino al padre de este, todo un emblema de la tiranía. ¿Es acaso un síntoma de lo histórico? Aquí hay una lectura sobre el poder. Fuera de eso, una película con un excentrisismo ocasional curioso y momentos aburridos.
Defies description this – is great on so many levels that I can’t even start explaining why – would need pages and pages for a review to do this film justice. But I will say one thing – if anyone has a special interest in film sound – this is an utter MUST SEE. Heck, everyone should see it.