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The Creation of Meaning

La creazione di significato

Canada, Italy, 2014


Pacifico, a shepherd born in the wake of the war among the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, might now be forced to abandon them, as his very existence, suspended between the phantoms of a bloody past and the harbingers of an obscure future, must bow to the gestation of the new Europe to come.

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The Creation of Meaning Directed by Simone Rapisarda Casanova
In some moments, Pieruccioni appears to shepherd this living local history with the same care he bestows on his flocks and his fields. This is perhaps the most lasting takeaway of the only intermittently transcendent Creation—growth industry or not, the legacy of the land is, like the arable land itself, something that needs tending to.
December 17, 2015
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The film’s slightly pompous title is fulfilled in prismatic ways: the stories we hear, the impending renewal of the land under its new owner (who will allow Pacifico to stay), the tours Pacifico gives of the area, even an excerpt from a low-budget film about partisans that’s shot there. Cutaways to nature’s splendor abound: Mists enfold the mountain; Mr. Casanova mesmerizingly holds one cross-fade from these clouds.
December 16, 2015
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Sometimes I think Italians don’t deserve all the beauty that surrounds them, the future landlord says. However uncharitable the remark may be, Rapisarda Casanova’s film shows just how much natural splendor dominates the region, here caught at the height of estival glory.
December 15, 2015
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