Inspired by Pythagoras's belief in four-fold transmigration -- by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral -- Michaelangelo Frammartino's wondrous docu-essay traces the cycle of life through daily rituals in the southern Italian region of Calabria.
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So full of surprises - nearly every shot contains a revelation, sneaky or overt, cosmic or mundane - that even to describe it is to risk giving something away.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 03.29.2011
Perched between fiction and documentary, "Le Quattro Volte" is above all a beautiful and profound evocation of the eternal cycles of life and nature.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 04.14.2011
Grave, beautiful, austerely comic, and casually metempsychotic, Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte is one of the wiggiest nature documentaries -- or almost-documentaries -- ever made.J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 03.29.2011
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, 06.09.2011