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At the First Breath of Wind (2002)

Al primo soffio di vento (original title)
Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon.

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Franco Piavoli

Writer:

Franco Piavoli
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Primo Gaburri Primo Gaburri
Mariella Fabbris Mariella Fabbris
Ida Carnevali Ida Carnevali
Alessandra Agosti Alessandra Agosti
Bianca Galeazzi Bianca Galeazzi
Lucky Ben Dele Lucky Ben Dele
Guglielmo Dal Corso Guglielmo Dal Corso
Ferruccio Bolognesi Ferruccio Bolognesi
Laura Montanari Laura Montanari
Giuseppe Marcoli Giuseppe Marcoli
Toni Martin Toni Martin
Jepi Jepi
John Afis Akinridane John Afis Akinridane
Johnbull Agundolor Johnbull Agundolor
Akimi Olajide Akimi Olajide
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Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon.

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Italy

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Italian

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26 September 2003 (Italy) See more »

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At the First Breath of Wind See more »

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Gaspard de la nuit
Composed by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Pascal Rogé
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a visual dream...
21 May 2004 | by juancalzettaSee all my reviews

it all happens on a hot quiet day and night in Emiglia-Romagna. by all, I mean nothing, or at least nothing of consequence...and that is the mastery of this film.

often one goes to the theater to be entertained, to see drama and action, usually pretentious and contrived, and to eat popcorn, or hot-dogs as is the case in American theaters these days. this movie is certainly not for them. the votes tallied so far speak volumes. Look at the votes by American and non-US viewers. The truth plain.

By this I don't mean to talk badly about Americans, but by habit, and honestly, by founded stereotype, we are a restless and impatient lot. The Europeans and other nationals too are more patient and will give a film like this higher marks because they realize, or at least appreciate an attempt at something original, artistic, understated.

Understated. i like that word these days, and so when I went to see this film at the Santa Cruz Film Fest, I was enthralled. the photography is a master work and the composition of the scenes, the lighting, and the ambiental music is so graceful and patient that I struggle to recall any film that equals it in beauty and delicacy.

But I am biased. i have been to Italy. i have been to the country of Italy. i have seen the slow life. i have lived the slow nights. and conversely, I have hated hustle-bustle of the American (and even Roman!) rat-race. this film captures the pace of uneventful country life. it whispers to it's audience about the rhythm of reflection, the somber solace (and solitude) of silence and the madness unique to boredom.

The scenes of the African workers, the flowing river, the beautiful freckled girl, the lines of an old man's face, the subtle crickets ever-present, the piano player, the thinker, the rustic house, the fields...all of these are equally protagonistic. and so, if you love Italy, this movie will enchant you. if not, you will surely fall asleep.

Me, I was riveted, unblinking, and was wanting to take notes. The blend of sight and sound harmonious was so inspiring that I will forever remember it as a fleeting glimpse of cinematic heaven.

JCC, 10/10


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