Conclusion: Le Quattro Volte will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s still no excuse to check it out. It’s a very unique little film and the Italian scenery will do the soul some good. The Blu-ray has great video and audio, but they really skimped on the extras. A little bit of insight could could have propelled the score even higher, but oh well.
Conclusion: 'Le Quattro Volte' is a contemplative reflection on the cyclical nature of existence. While its pacing, style, and lack of traditional narrative elements might put off many potential viewers, those open to more experimental and methodical pieces of filmmaking will find a lot to admire. The video transfer is good and does justice to the movie's strong visuals, and though very subdued and quiet, the audio mix respectfully translates the film's subtle sound design.
Conclusion: Le Quattro Volte is not for everyone, and even those who gravitate toward this kind of conceptual, almost non-narrative material will want to be in the right frame of mind—and in a quiet, distraction-free environment—to properly experience and enjoy it. But if you have the patience and the attention span there's a lot of simple truth and beauty to be found here.
Excerpt: Le Quattro Volte , the nearly wordless second film from Italian director Michaelangelo Frammartino, compresses a year in a mountainous spot in the southern Italian region of Calabria into the length of a short feature. It’s a remote location, but Frammartino’s canny eye, wry humor, and careful sense of rhythm make it feel like the best possible spot to observe the workings of the world, from ashes to ashes.