calabrian goat herder, church dust and charcoal

In an attempt to learn Italian, we tried to go to our first movie here in Rome. They don’t really show movies with subtitles here, and instead dub over which is not my favorite. But it is a good way to learn Italian, particularly if you have seen the movie before and can follow the plot. We chose of course an artsy cannes movie called Le Quattro Volte. The movie is wonderful – beautiful cinematography and mesmerizing scenery in Calabria. Made me wish for simplicity. At least, in my own life. And if you have an affection to goats, this is it.

An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.
A new goat kid is born. We follow its first few tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby, a majestic fir tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons.
Le quattro volte is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. The story of one soul that moves through four successive lives.

So why am I telling you this and why post here? Well, it is all about the natural cycle of life and the determinants of sustainability and destruction, in which food, ecology and all things agriculture fits so well into. Why else am I telling you? Well, as I lead a new life here in Roma, it is all about simulation – learning about new cultures, food and languages. Back to language and learning italian. Just one problem. Only three words were spoken in the entire movie.  So much for learning italian. I guess we need to go see sex in the city part due…that shouldn’t be too difficult to follow.

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