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Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

Italy, Germany, Switzerland 2010 88 mins. In Italian

Frammartino’s quasi-documentary, quasi-drama debut is one of the most striking in recent cinema, a captivating portrait of a place, its people, and its myriad animals. In Calabria, southern Italy, an elderly goat herder lives a meager existence; deeply religious and sick, he mixes church floor dust into his daily water, thinking it a divine healer. His goats engage in small dramas; one newborn kid tentatively enters the world and ventures out on its own in the vast Italian landscape. The townsfolk immerse themselves in yearly rituals and communal celebrations. The four seasons are strong centering forces in Le Quattro Volte, Frammartino evoking the cyclical nature of life on Earth in unpredictably gripping ways. “You have never seen anything like this movie, even though what it shows you has been there all along.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times.