2010 | Italy | 1h 28min
Director, Writer: Michelangelo Frammartino
"We each have four lives within ourselves, each one contained within the others... minerals... crops... animals... human beings... and so we must discover ourselves four times... quattro volte"
An old goatherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village high in the hills of Calabria, southern Italy. He tends his flock under the skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, but believes he can find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.
In this extraordinary film, Frammartino documents life in the beautiful but impoverished village of his birth, leading us to reflect on the world around us and our place in it.
"Re-invents the very act of perception. Its view of nature is among the most profound, expansive and unsettling I have ever encountered."
The New York Times
"A cinematic poem, a spiritual exploration of time and space."
"Movie making at its best... Do yourself a favour and go see."