Set in Tuscany at the end of the Nineteenth Century the film is a vignette style depiction of several peasant families who all reside in the same farmhouse. Olmi brilliantly paints their struggle for survival through a series of small incidents; a wedding, the rescue of a sick animal and even secret tomato growing. Shot in an almost documentary style, and using a non-professional cast, Olmi lovingly captures the joys and sorrows and the spirituality of life in rural Italy at that time.
Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, Teresa Brescianini, Giuseppe Brignoli, Carlo Rota, Pasqualina Brolis, Massimo Fratus, Francesca Villa, Maria Grazia Caroli, Battista Trevaini, Giuseppina Langalelli, Lorenzo Pedroni, Felice Cervi, Pierangelo Bertoli, Brunella Migliaccio, Giacomo Cavalleri, Lorenza Frigeni, Lucia Pezzoli
- The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by ec
This is a beautiful film with a lightness of touch on deep matters. Enjoy 3 hours becoming immersed in the life of a small remote hamlet that is breathtakingly authentic.
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Beautiful and moving film.
- The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by CD
Like so many Italian films this is a beautiful and deeply moving depiction of a community, we are slowly drawn into the joys and sorrows of several peasant families in an understated way which makes the denouement all the more heart rending.
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"The Whisper Of Generations"
- The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by RhysH
This film is rightly acclaimed as a masterpiece, it has all of Olmi's documentary background without ever being voyeuristic. We are allowed the privilege of observing the life of a rural community, love, loss, despair and hope with no hint of sentimentality, all against the background of the changing seasons.
A caring film.
Olmi who died on the 5th of May 2018 said his films were about what the poet Zanzotto expressed as "the whisper of generations".