One of the most incredible films ever made. I will love it even after my own death. Exceptional, flawless, impeccable, touching, vivid, and dreamy like a film from Miyazaki. Ermanno Olmi probably wanted to honour Pietro Germi's "Il Ferroviere": he ended up surpassing it.
This is a beautiful film about Andreas , a beggar with an amazing sense of dignity . The film opens with a stranger giving Andreas 200 franks which he must return to the statue of st. terese . The film shows Andreas constant frustrations just like the frustrations of life as he attempts to return that money . This film slowly reaches to your very soul .
One of the greatest films ever made. Saw it when I was in Berlin, broke, and down and out...and it revived and inspired me. I had never had such a peculiarly spiritual experience when watching a film and I was moved by Rutger Hauer's beautiful performance. As good (or even better!) than Joseph Roth's stunning short story on which this film is based. Marvelous achievement.