The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)
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An idyllic village in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria is the setting for LE QUATTRO VOLTE, an exquisitely filmed take on the cycles of life. Structured in four parts, per its title ("four times"), it opens with a shepherd tending his herd of goats, then shifts focus to one goat in particular, the tree under which he seeks shelter, and the industrialized fate of that plant. A.O. Scott of The New York Times writes: "(Its) view of nature is among the most profound, expansive and unsettling I have ever encountered on film. There is virtually no dialogue, yet the film is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"The God's-eye view becomes mesmerizing when we stop insisting that the film flatter us and just enjoy a quiet ride on the cycle."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Give Le Quattro Volte the patience it deserves, and you will be captivated by its stately rhythms, transfixed by its strange imagery, and moved by its sudden dramas. Don't, and you'll be bored to tears."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The director emphasizes the fragile and invisible, the small specks of matter that make up the whole."
‑ Nicole Armour, Film Comment Magazine
"Such descriptors as contemplative, deliberate, and meditative fall short of the mark in conveying exactly what's at work here."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Le Quattro Volte is cinematic slow food. It takes its time, is meticulous in its presentation, carefully considers the experience it provides, and then serves up a satisfying and nourishing feast."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"I drifted pleasantly in its depths."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If Dante hadn't already made classic use of the title, Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte could instead have been called The Divine Comedy."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's both an embrace of the comfort of ritual and certainly and acknowledgement of the magic of the unexpected and the accidental bringing change to routine."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A quiet, meditative, and spiritual Italian film about the transmigration of the soul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Yes, at times, this quiet, meditative film is lovely. At other times, it's just plain tiresome. There's an actual shot of dust particles."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Le Quattro Volte may sound like art-house tedium, but in fact it's a movie of grave beauty, serene pace and surprising humor."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Explaining it makes it sound aridly abstract, but watching it is pure delight..."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Whose images of everyday life in the sticks makes for hypnotic viewing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film's apparent simplicity is, in large measure, its charm and its universal appeal."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"An intriguing, somewhat maddening intellectual puzzle film and then a hypnotic illustration of an ambiguous, unsettling thesis."
‑ Eugene Novikov,
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