Saturday 9 May 2020
Turn and turn about
Grazie he says
Prego, the sacristan replies
At that point, I have a panic because no subtitles appear with the voices. Stop the movie, search the options and settings for subtitles - English for pref. There . are . no . subtitles! Worse things have happened to me in a cinema and with some trepidation I watched on. Well, those two words were the only dialog in the film, so subtitles schmubtitles.
The critics say it is an investigation of metempsychosis which requires us to accept that, after the old shepherd dies in his bed, he is reborn as parti-coloured billy-kid. We follow the lonely life of said kid - lonely because the little creature gets lost in the woods. The herd of goats [with or without the lost one] is taken over by a younger, fitter, fatter goat-herd . . . and the inconsequential normality of rural life continues: there are no gunfights and no car chases. Another Volte!
The next episode involves a mighty community effort to fell out an enormous pine tree from the surrounding hills and re-erect it in the centre of the village: we have moved from the life-and-death of man to the life-and-death of goat to the life-and-death of tree. Third Volte!
everbode kno Pythagoras was all about the broad beans Vicia faba and they don't get a sniff of a mention through the whole film. We can all find 84 minutes of idle time to fill during Coronarama: you should give Quattro Volte a go [it's on youtube] and it's been reviewed in the Grauniad.