The Four Times (aka Le quattro volte) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
The Four Times is an Italian film that premiered at Cannes last year; it would inaccurate to call it an Italian language movie for several reasons, the first and most obvious because there is no Italian spoken in the movie. The Four Times is altogether speechless and predominantly silent. Further than that to call The Four Times a movie is neither accurate nor fair, as it stands it is more a piece of visual art than a narrative story with characters and editing ploys as we would expect.
The movie simply takes a look at a quiet rural Italian village populated by goat herders, with a noticeable and refreshing absence of almost any modern technology. It is told in four segments, hence its Italian title “Le Quattro Volte”, and shows the perfect and circular nature of nature itself.
Throughout the runtime the seasons change, people die and goats are born and the world continues to turn, both gentle and relentless.
At the close of the film you can not help but feel moved by the beauty of what you have just witnessed, whilst also feeling massively insignificant and hugely over indulgent. The Four Times seems to highlight the colossal and detrimental effect of capitalism and globalization without once mentioning it outright and for the modern Western viewer that becomes almost a little goading. Yet the beauty of the natural and quiet world and timeless traditions of the small community presented before you also demonstrate the over whelming power of nature and humanity.
This is a peaceful, humble and over all beautiful piece of art.